Putting Health Care Back Into Hands of Nova Scotians Oped

first_img -30- In Nova Scotia, we are passionate about how our health care is delivered, accessed and managed. Yet, until recently, the fax machine has been the most common way for doctors to share information with each other, and patients still keep pieces of paper to keep track of important health information. In the meantime, text and email has become second nature in how we communicate with family and friends and online banking has become routine. It’s time to look at new ways of working in the health system too. We are ready to innovate and have taken that first step. We have introduced MyHealthNS, a secure online tool that connects doctors and patients. In doing that, we will increase access and convenience for patients, and put health care back into the hands of Nova Scotians. We are the first in Canada to offer this online tool provincewide. Right now, Nova Scotians can sign up at MyHealthNS.ca to keep track of personal health information like immunizations, blood pressure, medications and allergies. Feedback from patients is that this is an easy and convenient place to keep their health information organized, secure and accessible anytime from anywhere. Once you are registered online you will be ready for new features as they become available. The first major feature that will be available across Nova Scotia in early 2017 is eResults. This will allow family doctors registered with MyHealthNS to send their patients lab and diagnostic imaging results electronically. Patients who are also registered will be able to review the results online any time they need to, saving them a trip to the clinic to get the results. This will give people more control over their own health information and greater convenience overall. If the doctor feels that a test result is best shared in person, the clinic will call to ask the patient to come in for an appointment. The health information systems at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the IWK Health Centre, and other hospitals in the Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas are now set up to provide electronic results on MyHealthNS. From young families with busy lives, to seniors who are now on the go more than ever, MyHealthNS is a convenient alternative to a doctor’s visit. It is simple and easy to use. Thirty-five doctors and more than 6000 patients took part in the three year evaluation. Patients say you don’t have to be tech savvy to manage your account. Doctors see the benefits as well. Those involved in the pilot said sharing test results electronically is valuable or extremely valuable to their patients. Ninety-eight per cent of the patients who took part said they wanted to keep receiving their results online. I am excited to see Nova Scotia taking the lead on e-health in this way, and I am pleased this will help Nova Scotians manage their own health care on their own time, and on their own terms. As we continue to roll the system out across the province, I encourage all Nova Scotians to register for this exciting new tool. You can do so by visiting http://myhealthns.calast_img read more

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Elections in hindsight

first_imgEvery election in India is unique and significant in the historical and evolutionary process of Indian democracy. Our democracy indicates its vibrancy, maturity and sobriety. Despite small drawbacks and inadequacies, 2019 electoral process went down very well. Conducting election in a country of 1.2 billion people, with extreme differences, disparities, and inequalities, is not an ordinary task. It cannot be compared with any country in the world. It is massive and managing the massiveness of the electoral processes and procedures is a great achievement. Also Read – A staunch allyThe political parties have displayed their full energy, enthusiasm, and efforts during electioneering by affirming faith in the constitutional electoral machinery in mobilising people for the political task of casting votes. In this process, voters have been apprised about the issues that are afflicting the country and solutions to be found out through the new regimes of different political fronts. Based on the perception, image, the knowledge they have gained and hope, people have given a dear mandate of the country’s governance to BJP. Also Read – Cuban pathosWhile voting, people give a collective message regarding their priority and preference in selecting the party to be in power. Political parties, both the victor and the vanquished, have to understand in perspective and act further. The intelligence of the political parties lies in understanding the exact mood of the people. BJP and Modi have projected that they stand for India’s pride, security, integrity, unity, and development. Further, BJP has given a signal that it looks at the whole scheme of development through Hindutwa framework. BJP has got a strong leader to do that job and there is no schism either in the party or on the front. On the other hand, the opposition parties joined only to submit a petition and remove Modi. They come together to bring allegations against Modi and not to act cohesively to combat his power. They have not joined together to project themselves as a force to govern the country with a common plan of action. Huge promises are present in the manifestoes of the Indian National Congress and opposition parties, not in BJP’s. Yet people gave priority to BJP and Modi even though rich promises are in the manifesto of the opposition parties. It is easy to comprehend that BJP and its leaders gave a notion to the people that they have credibility, they are united and highly disciplined to deliver what they promised. But the opposition parties criticised Modi and BJP and they criticised each other contemptuously. It gives a sense to the people that BJP and Modi always talk about the country, security, patriotism, and nationalism. The opposition groups have not touched such emotive and sensitive issues. They have given a feeling to the people that for the opposition, nation and national security are not priorities, the prime minister position is the sole aim and every party is interested in increasing their tally to increase their bargaining power during the government’s formation. So opposition parties are interested in strengthening their own position rather than evincing interest in the national issues. Every party in the opposition felt that people have suffered during demonetisation and GST and thereby, they would vote the opposition parties. There is no doubt that people have suffered and yet they rely on the credibility of Modi, not the opposition because the credibility of the opposition parties has been questioned by Modi through the past records. Many of the regional parties suffered set back because of the corrupt image of leaders. This has been effectively used by Modi in the past five years and he continued the same attack during this election also. A very comprehensive, deliverable manifesto has been brought out by the Indian National Congress but it has not reached voters as they have organisational inadequacy. Congress is not clear in its role and hence they have not declared their position on the post of prime ministership. Rahul Gandhi was proposed only by DMK and not by Congress. While taking the decision Congress or other regional and national opposition parties, the Modi factor has to be in the backdrop but not to attack Modi. The opposition parties have to introspect and further act competitively with the government led by BJP. India enters into a new era which is totally market-driven and in market-driven politics, democracy takes a backseat as it has not delivered substantial economic goods to the poor. Many parties have come to stagnation. Hence, political parties need introspection and appropriate action. (Dr. G Palanithurai is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Cyclists honoured for their work against drug addiction

first_imgAPTN National NewsFive cyclists have just completed a cross-country journey.It’s the first time for the group.Now they are being honoured for their work at the Minwaashin Lodge.Here’s APTN’s Annette Francis with that story from Ottawa.last_img

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Feds could lose more than 700M on Trans Mountain report

first_imgAnti-Trans Mountain Pipeline rally on Parliament Hill, May 22, 2018. APTN/file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA new federal government report says it has made a “significant finding” around the impacts of potential delays in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s (TMX) construction and projected in-service date.On Thursday Ottawa’s Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said Canada’s Dec. 31, 2021 projected in-service date for the project is “very optimistic”.He said, pending the outcome of the National Energy Board’s current reassessment process, “at least a one year delay” for TMX should be expected — and that would “incur a loss of $700 million”.A two-year delay would amount to a loss of almost $2.3 billion, Giroux said.His report, “Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline — Financial and Economic Considerations,” identifies “delays in pipeline construction, an increase in construction costs and/or changes in the risk profile” of TMX “can negatively influence the final sale price” that Canada can negotiate for the original Trans Mountain pipeline, the yet-to-be-built expansion project, and other assets it purchased from Texas oil company Kinder Morgan last year.The report comes amid a federal court-ordered halt to project construction and a reconsideration of multiple factors by the National Energy Board, including further consultations with First Nations that would be impacted by the pipeline.Giroux “assumed a total construction cost of $9.3 billion and an in-service date of December 31, 2021, as quoted in Kinder Morgan Canada Limited’s August 2018 14-A filings,” the report says.Several First Nations’ legal challenges to the project were consolidated in a Federal Court of Appeal decision that has forced the federal government back to the table to consult with First Nations.Some First Nations are staunchly opposed to the pipeline and associated risks, despite an opportunity to sign benefit agreements with previous pipeline owner Kinder Morgan.In December Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an Assembly of First Nations special chiefs’ assembly in Ottawa that “there was no consent” on TMX from Secwepemc people, which would run through more than 500 kilometres of their unceded territory.Similar to arguments made by Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C., Wilson maintains that First Nation band councils don’t have the authority to make decisions impacting unceded lands outside reservations.“You can’t count a few [Impact Benefit Agreements] with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title,” she said.In June Nicole Schabus, an assistant law professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, told APTN News that when Kinder Morgan suspended non-essential spending they pointed to the province of B.C. for the hold-up.“But the biggest uncertainty, legal and economic, comes from Indigenous peoples,” she said.D.T. Cochrane, an economic researcher with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, told APTN that outstanding legal and financial risks make the project “completely untenable”.He said Canada’s purchase of the pipeline last year is a “perfect example of the socialization of risk,” and that those associated are now “borne by the Canadian government and…all of the citizens of Canada.”Giroux estimates that the Trans Mountain pipeline and TMX have a combined value between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.The Trudeau government purchased the pipeline, project and assets from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.Asked if, in light of his assessment, he thinks a private corporation would have bought the pipeline under the same circumstances as Canada did, Giroux said “given the uncertainties and the risks…probably not.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive effective June

first_imgWith this approval, the City is now moving forward to complete the road renaming and addressing changes as required.In April, the City sent letters by registered mail to all property owners notifying them of this change as it will have an effect on their current address.If you are a property owner and did not receive a letter, you can contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 250-787-8150. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Starting tomorrow, June 26, the road known as the East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive.According to the City, since there has been steady residential growth and development close to the road, it no longer functions as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and away from urban development.Although the majority of the road is now within City boundaries, the City received approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to proceed with the road renaming on that portion of the road.last_img read more

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DGSN Denies Allegations Attributed to Lawyer Mohammed Ziane in Bouachrine Case

Rabat – On Friday, Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) released a press statement denying comments attributed to Moroccan lawyer Mohammad Ziane regarding a complainant summoned in the case of detained journalist Taoufik Bouachrine.A recent report by Moroccan news outlet Al Omk featured statements attributed to Ziane, who claimed that a complainant was forced to appear before the court on Friday. Ziane’s alleged statement added that the complainant was also threatened with the release of videos of her personal life if she did not appear at the next hearing which is scheduled for March 29.To verify the statements published by the news source, the judicial police opened an investigation in accordance with the procedures of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Appeal in Casablanca to determine the circumstances and veracity of the attorney’s allegations. The press release issued by DGSN added that the court is the only legitimate body in charge of informing complainants who have been summoned to appear before the court. The DGSN strenuously denied that police received any complainant last Friday, announcing that the only alleged accuser in the high-profile case was summoned last Thursday.The statement also added that the police refuted the false statements published in the report, emphasizing that the investigation and all related witness and complainant interviews done in this case are based on legitimate practices done in accordance with Moroccan judicial procedures.The statement also noted that police officers and investigators are obliged to maintain the strict confidentiality of all aspects of the investigation, including complainant statements, in accordance with relevant legal requirements.Bouachrine, who was arrested on February 28, is facing charges of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and rape. The police claim to be in possession of 50 videos that may serve to back the charges facing the prominent journalist, suggesting that some or all of the videos were recorded by Bouachrine himself.During a previous court appearance, Bouachrine’s lawyers argued for their client’s innocence, claiming the videographic evidence the police claim to possess had been “falsified” in some manner.During a press conference held on March 12, the public prosecutor said that the argument made by Bouachrine’s lawyers against the judicial police “has no legal basis” and the accusations of video falsification are “unfounded.” read more

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Fume hoods will shut down this weekend

The fume hoods in Mackenzie Chown H and F block will be shut down on Saturday.The hoods will not be operational between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The shutdown is for annual fall repairs on the exhaust systems.Facilities Management advises that: All hood enclosures should be empty. If this is not practical, all bottles and containers in the hood must be closed tight. All containers in vented cabinets under hoods should be closed. This should be normal practice. Hoods that are not vented to the outside can be used (one filtered fume hood in Earth Sciences, all laminar flow hoods and all bio-containment hoods).Direct questions or concerns to Facilities Management customer service at 905-688-5550 x3717 or facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca.Direct safety-related issues to Andy Prankevicius, research and academic safety officer, at 905-688-5550 x5390 or aprankevicius@brocku.ca. read more

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Micromine unlocking the value in data through Pitram OLAP tool

first_imgUsing data-driven insights to improve the decision-making process and unlock value has been one of the biggest trends in the mining industry over the past few years and it will continue to be a strategic priority for mining companies going forward, according to Micromine.“While data collection on site is important, what happens with that data next can sometimes be a challenge,” Micromine says.Many tools exist to help management with analysis, modelling and reporting in order to realise value in their data, with Micromine’s Pitram OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) tool an example.“Pitram’s OLAP Analysis module provides users with the necessary tools to perform multidimensional analysis of operational mining data. OLAP is a powerful technology used across various industries for data discovery, reporting, complex analytics and predictive forecastin,” Micromine says.“With mining companies required to manage large and very complex data sets, this type of technology can provide enormous value to a mining operation.”OLAP technology has been integrated into the Pitram solution to assist mines in understanding key data and improving business intelligence, according to the company, with multidimensional analysis, complex calculations, trend analyses, and sophisticated data modelling able to be applied through the Analysis module.Pitram Product Strategy Manager Gareth Dean said the Pitram OLAP module can assist mine managers, engineers, geologists and analysts to perform data analysis, while providing them with the insight and understanding they need for better decision making.The benefits of the OLAP Analysis module for Pitram users are significant, according to Micromine.Multidimensional analysis, trustworthy data and calculations, self-service reporting and the ability to manipulate data to identify areas of improvement are just some of the features.Dean said: “Having a fully dedicated and integrated OLAP Analysis module within Pitram makes it easy for users to access their key mining data relating to equipment, minesite personnel and materials.“Users of the Pitram OLAP Analysis module can leverage the large amounts of data collected on site to improve key focus areas such as production, safety and mine planning.”The OLAP module can also aggregate data from third party sources such as Microsoft Excel and OEM systems.Micromine’s Pitram fleet management and mine control solution has been implemented at more underground sites than any competitor product and is increasingly popular with sites using automated practices, according to Micromine.last_img read more

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Changes to roads taxi ranks as latest Luas Cross City works begin

first_imgSt Stephen’s Green NorthGrafton Street (lower) at College GreenHawkins StreetWestmoreland StreetO’Connell StreetParnell Street at Marlborough StreetDue to this, traffic management measures will be in place to ensure things move smoothly for city traffic and pedestrians.The full details of the works can be found here.Last year saw the infilling of Georgian cellars, with work taking place on 327 of them. Now that this phase has been completed, a new stage of the utility works is being undertaken.The workers will construct 40 deep drainage manholes, deal with 1,220m of sewer ‘rehabilitation’, and also deal with gas services, water services, telecom services, ESB services and carriageway reinstatement during this phase of works.GMC utility group was appointed contractor and work began yesterday in six places simultaneously.For people with questions about the works, a public information and communications office has been opened at Royal Hibernian Way, while the official website is being updated on a regular basis.Taxi ranksAs part of the works, some taxi ranks are being or will be affected:St Stephen’s Green ranksThere are two ranks on St Stephen’s Green North, and at all times during the works, one of these ranks will remain in operation. When one of these ranks is suspended, a temporary rank will be established on St Stephen’s Green North, east of Dawson Street on the north side of the roadway.The works will take place for four months here.Dawson Street ranksThe date for the commencement of works on Dawson Street has not been finalised. When they begin, the ranks will be replaced with temporary full-time ranks on Molesworth Street.Grafton Street rankThe initial works, which will take approximately four weeks, will not affect either of the two ranks. At a later stage, when these ranks are suspended, they will be replaced by a temporary full-time rank on Nassau St, and an extension of the Foster place rank to operate full time.Westmoreland Street rankThe initial works, which began yesterday, will not affect this rank. When this rank is suspended, temporary nearby arrangements will be incorporated into the traffic management plan for the works.O’ Connell Bridge rankThe date for the commencement of works in this area has not been finalised. However, when this rank is suspended, temporary nearby arrangements will be incorporated into the Traffic Management Plan for the works.O’ Connell Street Upper ranksThe date for the commencement of works in this area has not been finalised, but at all times during the utility works, one of these ranks will remain in operation. When these ranks are suspended they will be replaced with 10 temporary full-time spaces on Marlborough Street.Marlborough PlaceWorks began yesterday, and the six spaces will be accommodated locally in Marlborough Place.Read: Georgian cellars and cobbled road found during Luas Cross City dig> THE LATEST UTILITY works for the Luas Cross City project have begun, leading to some changes around Dublin’s city centre.At St Stephen’s Green, new boarding is being put in place to shield the works – and they have gone for a nostalgic feel with black and white photographs of the park of old:During the course of the utility works, all road users will be affected to various extents, as the construction works progress. The works are being undertaken to connect the red and green lines, and extend the existing line.The utility works will take place at:last_img read more

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Hands on with Ubuntu for smartphones

first_imgThere’s a big difference between releasing a video with smooth, sexy animation and actually being able to deliver that experience in the real world. Ubuntu for Smartphones may be pretty late to the smartphone ecosystem, but spending any time with the mobile operating system shows that Canonical has been paying attention.We’ve been hearing about Canonical getting into the mobile space for a while now. It seemed like Ubuntu for Android was as far as that was going to go for a bit, but now we have the entire Ubuntu experience in a mobile phone. The operating system is just called Ubuntu, allowing the company to complete their illusion that this operating system offers everything that desktop Ubuntu runs. There are more than a couple of differences at the moment, but if you’re a fan of the Unity UI you will find yourself right at home with this interface. Every bit of Ubuntu on the Galaxy Nexus, the phone of choice for the demonstration, has visual cues that come straight from Unity, but the mobile OS will be optimized for any and all displays it will be installed for.Everything about Ubuntu is incredibly smooth. The animations looked great, and the phone felt incredibly fast considering the hardware it was running on. There are no versions of Android that feel this smooth and have animations this nice on the Galaxy Nexus. Ubuntu makes the Galaxy Nexus feel as though it could compete with the Nexus 4 or the Droid DNA. Also, it’s clear Ubuntu seems to have succeed in an area that took Android years to figure out, and did it with less hardware. Even the parts of the mobile OS that feel as though they might be borrowed from Android are greatly improved upon in Ubuntu.Android’s notification shade is easily one of my favorite things about the platform. To be able to quickly access my notifications and dismiss them with a swipe is a powerful tool. Ubuntu has taken the notification shade and improved it dramatically. The top bar of the OS has several icons across it, offering a quick glimpse into things like battery life and of course your messages. When you pull the notification shade down, if you place your finger on one of these icons before you pull, you are shown settings relevant to that icon. If you want to take a closer look at your battery life or adjust your volume controls, you can do so without ever leaving whatever app you are in.Settings for every app are available by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, in a gesture that is quite similar to the right-to-left flick gesture used in Windows 8 to access the menu. If you swipe from right-to-left in Ubuntu, you are taken to the last app you were using. Repeat swipes will continue to take you back in time until you have exhausted the list of apps. There’s also a swipe to access launcher with apps that the user determines. The app drawer itself is separate from this, choosing instead to organize by frequency of use followed by the rest of the apps. Web apps and native apps are indistinguishable on any menu, meaning the Facebook icon will take you to their web app.Ubuntu is far from perfect. Their welcome screen allows for way too many apps to be rapidly accessible without a pin lock of some kind. While many users may prefer the wide open access to apps without the restrictive lock screen, being able to stay protected from that one friend you have is important as well. Ubuntu plans to have this feature available before launch. Also, despite Canonical’s best attempts to persuade you to believe that web apps are “first class citizens”, Gmail.com is never going to give your Ubuntu phone a notification when you get an email. Native apps for certain things are still necessary for now, and Ubuntu will need developers to fill their stores quickly.For an operating system that doesn’t have its own hardware yet, Ubuntu is really impressive. In order to be successful at launch, however, the seemingly small issues mentioned above will need to be worked out and developers need to feel comfortable moving to this platforme.While I am not willing to put my Android phone down just yet, I am very curious to see where Ubuntu will land when finally released on its own hardware.battery meter ubuntubattery meter ubuntukeyboard ubuntucamera ubuntuphoto app ubuntuwelcome screen ubuntunote app ubuntuWelcome screen appsorganized apps Ubuntuapp drawer ubuntuDigital content ubuntuPhotography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

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How much do you know about Charles Stewart Parnell

first_img As the Land League agitated for land reform and tenants rights across Ireland, Parnell told tenants in 1879 that they must… Share your result: Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 9:00 PM Marquess of Salisbury, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Clark Gable 14 Comments Share7 Tweet Email6 Benjamin Disraeli William Gladstone CHARLES STEWART PARNELL made an unexpected cameo in the Brexit debate earlier this week when recently-appointed leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg raised the Irish nationalist leader in an attack on the opposition’s tactics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major defeat after opponents seized control of the parliamentary timetable to schedule a bill delaying the current 31 October Brexit deadline. Rees-Mogg insisted during the debate leading up to the late-night vote that “the approach taken today is the most unconstitutional use of this House since the days of Charles Stewart Parnell, when he tried to bung up Parliament.”So who was Ireland’s “uncrowned king”? Let’s test your knowledge of Charles Stewart Parnell.  You scored out of ! Short URL 1877 1880 1867 …”show the landlord that you intend to keep a firm grip on your homesteads and lands.” …”show the landlord that mould.” Tweet You scored out of ! Following his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol after calling for tenant farmer rent strikes in Ireland, the Land League was suppressed leading Parnell to restructure his party in 1882 upon his release. What was it called? 8 hours Party of the Parnellites Answer all the questions to see your result! Kitty O’Shea 41 hours Share https://jrnl.ie/4795486 You scored out of ! Renowned for his parliamentary performances, the Wicklow politician’s 1881 filibuster saw his Irish MPs keep the Commons sitting for how long to obstruct a coercion bill and force Parliament to focus on Irish affairs? 1875 Share The Pigott forgeries Sep 7th 2019, 9:01 PM A locket gifted to him by Kitty O’Shea Following the episode, Parnell was welcomed back to Parliament as a hero. In 1937, nearly 50 years after his death, which Hollywood actor portrayed the Uncrowned King opposite Myrna Loy on the silver screen? Share The Phoenix Park fibs Turtley awful How much do you know about Charles Stewart Parnell? Let’s test your knowledge of Ireland’s uncrowned king. 27 hours Errol Flynn Share Tweet Which year was Parnell was first elected to the British Parliament as an MP? Ivy Day Share your result: Kitty Newman The Parnell porkies Lord Palmerston As Parnell’s health failed after contracting pneumonia in 1891, the Irish leader insisted that what be kept by his bedside? A copy of William Gladstone’s memoirs ‘Wasn’t it Grand Benjy?’ The Irish Parliamentary Party Laurel Day Parnell’s downfall came after his affair with a married woman became public. She later became his wife, but what was her name? Tweet In 1887, Parnell found himself accused of supporting the Phoenix Park murders of 1882 after The Times newspaper published a series of letters implicating him. It later turned out to be untrue after a rogue journalist admitted he’d made the whole thing up. What are the letters now known as? Kitty Kiernan Tweet Charlie P’s rager The Home Rule Party You scored out of ! Top Dog Tweet Share your result: …”show the landlord that you intend to destroy the last link which keeps Ireland bound to England.” Fintastic Clever Cat An annual commemoration takes place at Parnell’s grave at Glasnevin Cemetery each year. What is this day known as? Parnell’s party went on to hold the balance of power in Parliament after the 1885 election, convincing the British Prime Minister to back home rule for Ireland. Who was the British PM at the time? Parnell’s Day By Cónal Thomas His favourite Cat, Disraeli Share your result: ..”show the British government that you will not be dispossessed of your holdings.” His red setter, Grouse You scored out of ! What are ewe doing? Zsa Zsa O’Shaugnessy Share Douglas Fairbanks 56 hours 27,981 Views The Parnell papers Share your result: The New Land League Rudolph Valentino Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Sea Creatures Inspire Researchers to Create FormaldehydeFree Glue

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Formaldehyde does an excellent job of preserving things, but it’s not the best stuff for us to be around. Not while we’re alive anyway.The bad news is that many of us spend a lot more time in close contact with formaldehyde than we think. One big reason why is that it’s a common ingredient in the adhesives that hold together pressed-wood furniture.Fortunately for us, a team of researchers at Purdue University have come up with a non-toxic alternative. They’ve cooked up a biomimetic glue that was inspired by undersea creatures.Chemistry professor Jonathan Wilker said “we have been able to make progress here by first learning how marine mussels stick themselves to rocks.” The team’s lab is home to hundreds of them — including the cluster pictured above.They studied the proteins that the mussels release when they attach to a surface and then formulated synthetic versions. Purdue’s creation is actually around ten times stronger than the “glue” the mussels themselves produce.Apart from being non-toxic and substantially stronger than today’s commercial adhesives, Purdue’s alternative offers a couple other key advantages. Unsurprisingly, one of those is that it’s still effective when used underwater.Another is that the adhesive can be broken down safely and easily, which could simplify the recycling process for materials like cardboard.Glues that are used today also prevent us from composting many cardboard and paper products. This new mussel-inspired adhesive has the potential to change all that. It could even lead to compostable furniture.It has to be adopted by manufacturers for that to happen, but that might not be too far off. Purdue’s scientists already have a patent in hand and the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization is ready to ink licensing deals.If it’s easy enough to substitute and the cost is reasonable, it should be no tall task to convince companies to switch to the eco-friendly adhesive. For more weird science check out these color-changing beetles and diamond nanocrystals.Image: Purdue UniversityLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Andrea Pirlo set shock football comeback in Australia

first_imgItaly great Andrea Pirlo could be set for a shock playing return with Australian club Avondale in a cup fixtureThe 39-year-old hung up his boots at the end of last year after a glittering career that saw him claim a World Cup title, six Serie A crowns with AC Milan and Juventus and two Champions League trophies.Yet Fox Sports report that the Italian midfielder may be set for a return with Victorian outfit Avondale.The A-League side are hoping to add Pirlo to the squad ahead of their FFA Cup quarter-final against Sydney FC on September 19.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.The club are desperate to take any measures to ensure the deal goes through even though money is understood to be of no interest to Pirlo.Now, all that awaits is a final answer from his representatives.However, even with Pirlo in their ranks, Avondale will go into their meeting with A-League premiers Sydney as underdogs.Pirlo finished his career at New York City last year after two and a half seasons in the MLS.last_img read more

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DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Private sector was candid in its explanation at the sluggish pace at the One Stop Shop and the DG said, the season is here for zero tolerance for inefficient service as the country rolls out the red carpet to more investment.  Related Items:anya willams, Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference, streamlining government services Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference PROVO INT’L HAILED AS IMPRESSIVE NECESSARY FEAT BY NATION’S LEADERS Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Tough talk came from the head of the Civil Service on Thursday at the one day Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference held by the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency at Beaches Resort.  DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Her Excellency, Deputy Governor Anya Williams said not only will the system be streamlined so that payments for licenses and other articles linked to doing one type of business, for example, will be lumped; but the training investment and performance reviews of workers now demands that the public sector delivers services in excellence.last_img read more

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Aging Southeast Assisted living comes up short

first_imgDue to a shortage of assisted living homes, some of Southeast Alaska’s aging residents can’t stay in their home communities. Facilities in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Petersburg provide assistance to seniors needing help with daily activities, such as cooking, dressing and medication management.As part of the CoastAlaska series Aging Southeast, KTOO’s Lisa Phu reports on how the region isn’t keeping up with the demand for assisted living, and that demand is only expected to grow.Download AudioOn a recent Tuesday morning, Jacque Farnsworth and Jack Brandt play piano and sing at the state-run Juneau Pioneers’ Home. A number of residents seated in a semi-circle of couches and chairs in front of the piano join in. They have music stands in front of them so they can follow along. A few play maracas.Jacque Farnsworth and Jack Brandt lead a music activity at the Juneau Pioneers’ Home. Farnsworth says she’s been singing and playing piano there since 2003. (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)Down the hall, Irene Cashen sits in a recliner watching TV. The 87-year-old moved in last March and doesn’t miss living alone.“Look at me. I have my room over there and I do beading. I could do things by myself. I could come over here in my lounge and watch news and go out in the other room and there’s always something,” she said.Group activities scheduled for later that day include a history talk, card games, exercise called “Fun & Fit” and more music. Cashen can join in or do her own thing.“I made up my own mind to come in because I know I have beginning Alzheimer’sand I know about it and I don’t want my children to have to take care of me at home,” she said. “I can take care of myself here and it’s been a wonderful experience.”Cashen has spent almost her whole life in Juneau. Kids, grandkids, great grandkids also live here. It’s where she wants to remain, and the home means she can.That’s not the case for many of Southeast Alaska’s senior citizens. The demand outweighs supply and many communities in the region don’t offer any assisted living options.The region’s geography – and its rapidly aging population – creates challenges that don’t exist in more populated parts of the state.“We’re not connected, so if somebody from Prince of Wales needs help, they’re basically giving up their home and having to move and may never go back,” said Dee Wright.She runs The Manor in Ketchikan, the only licensed assisted living home in Southeast run by a private individual. She said some of its dozen residents are from Prince of Wales Island, Metlakatla, Sitka and Juneau.She said people who can’t find placement in Southeast often have to leave.“There are people up north and Down South that could come home if we have the housing,” she said.Haines and Petersburg also have assisted living homes, and Sitka and Ketchikan have Pioneers’ Homes. Altogether, they house about 210 older adults. All have long waiting lists.Julie Sande is the administrator at the Ketchikan Pioneers’ Home.“The calls that I’m fielding, at this point, I’m saying to people: ‘if you haven’t applied to the Pioneer Home and you’re 86 years old and you need to move in right now, there’s the possibility that I will not be able to serve you in your lifetime,’ and that’s very hard to say,” Sande said. “For individuals who just get on the waitlist, it can be years before they move to the top of my list.”In Juneau, a nonprofit is working to build a new assisted living community to meet some of the need.Senior Citizens Support Services Inc. President Sioux Douglas is among those tired of seeing people leave because of the shortage of assisted living options.“That’s the last thing we want to have happen in our community is to send our loved ones Outside,” she said. “They want to age here and they want to die here.”Douglas expects residents to come from all over Southeast, with most from Juneau.She said the nonprofit has secured land in Vintage Park in Juneau’s populous Mendenhall Valley, close to amenities. The project would have about 90 apartment-like units with a projected monthly cost between $5,000 and $7,000.One of the major hurdles is finalizing the financing. Douglas said it could cost up to $30 million.“The biggest message to the people in Southeast Alaska right now is just knowing and feeling confident that this project will get completed,” she said. “We will do this. We’ll have it available.”Back at the Juneau Pioneers’ Home, Irene Cashen said she’s happy she chose to move into assisted living. Her mother had lived in the Pioneers’ Home in Sitka, so she knew it was a good option. And she thinks others will make a similar choice, if they can.“It’s fun. It’s real life and it’s still your life,” she said. “You’re not taking away from your own children’s lives. I see them as much as I did before and they don’t have to worry about me.”A new assisted living community in Juneau could be complete as soon as fall 2017. The Manor in Ketchikan also hopes to build a new assisted living home that could house up to 28 people.last_img read more

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Aim to make Bengaluru countrys Silicon Valley Yediyurappa

first_imgBENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said his intention is to make Bengaluru the country’s Silicon Valley in a “true sense”, and develop it like San Francisco Silicon Valley. Karnataka and more specifically Bengaluru had gained a prominent place in the global technology map, he said adding the government was keen to offer much more encouragement to information and biotechnology sectors. Also Read – Delhi court acquits former coal secretary H.C. Gupta Advertise With Us “For the all-round development of Bengaluru, the ‘Bengaluru Development Taskforce’ will be strengthened. My intention is to make Bengaluru as India’s Silicon Valley in a true sense,” the chief minister said while delivering his Independence Day speech after unfurling the national flag here. “Our Bengaluru should also be developed like California and San Francisco Silicon Valley,” he added. The state government is all set to take IT and BT beyond the boundaries of tech capital Bengaluru, he said. Also Read – Trouble brews on Congress turf, meeting underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence Advertise With Us Noting that Karnataka is among the top states in industrial development, Yediyurappa said, Karnataka has met 98 per cent of the parameters in the ease of doing business goals set by the Union government and the state will take steps to achieve 100 per cent. The 2014-19 industrial policy is set to end in September this year, he said and added keeping in mind the overall and comprehensive growth of the industry sector, the government will come out with a new policy soon that will give a booster shot to areas classified as backward and Tier II and III so they attract industrial investment and generate more jobs locally. The Chief Minister also said in coming days the government will extend the “Product Based Industrial Cluster Development Programme”- that’s currently under implementation in nine districts of Karnataka to rest of the state to ensure overall growth of the state based on the availability of resources and skilled manpower.last_img read more

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Policemen come under mob beating

first_imgPoliceA mob beat up four members of the police in Dhamrai of Savar on Tuesday, allegedly for demanding extortion from organisers of a musical event there.The incident took place at Bardail of Dhamrai on Tuesday evening. Police, however, denied that they came under mob beating.Locals said a musical evening was organised on the occasion of the wedding of Abbas Ali, son of Ansar Ali of Bhatirchar village, in an open space on the bank of Bangshi river.Bhatirchar, a village of Singair upazila of Manikganj district, borders on Bardail village of Dhamrai in Savar, Dhaka.Locals said about 4,000 villagers gathered there to enjoy the event.Dhamrai police station assistant sub-inspectors Masud Rana and Liton Hossain  along with two constables went to the event in plainclothes around midnight on Tuesday.The police officers asked the organisers if they had approval for the event and the organisers failed to show them any approval from the authorities.The police then demanded Tk 100,000 from the organisers, threatening that they would arrest the singers if they are not paid the money.When the organisers declined to give the money, policemen snapped the cords of the sound-system.An irate group of spectators started assaulting the policemen.Locals said one police officer and two constables fled the mob, jumping into the river and swam across the river and the other police officer cross the river using a boat.On information, local Kulla union parishad chairman Kalipad Sarker and one of the woman members of the union parishad Salma Begum rushed to spot along with additional police members and rescued the police men.UP member Salma Begum said she saw marks of assault on the body of the policemen when they rescued them.UP chairman Kalipad said he heard about mob beating of police and he rescued them and sent them to the police station.ASI Masud Rana and Liton Hossain, however, denied that there was any mob beating.Talking to Prothom Alo, they said they know nothing about such an incident. They said they even don’t know where Bardail and Bhatirchar villages are located.Dhamrai police station inspector (investigation) Sayed Al Mamun, however, admitted that ASI Masud and Liton went to the musical event, but said he know nothing about the mob beating.last_img read more

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New AfricanAmerican Heart Disease Registry to Assist in Treatment

first_imgWith an eye toward providing better health care for underserved populations, the Association of Black Cardiologists in conjunction with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the American Heart Association is creating a cardiovascular disease registry for African Americans.The database will import data directly from electronic health records, enabling researchers to analyze trends and develop more effective, targeted treatments for African-American patients.“A comprehensive registry dedicated to addressing healthcare disparities among African American patients is long overdue,” Dr. Barbara Hutchinson, current president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, said in a statement.“This is a step forward in engaging African Americans in clinical studies,” she added. “This registry will highlight issues essential to achieving health equity and reducing the substantial gap in morbidity and mortality that currently exists for our patient population.”Heart disease is the leading cause of death among African Americans, accounting for 23.8 percent of Black deaths in 2008, and among most ethnic groups in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately one in every four deaths in the U.S. annually (610,000 people) is attributable to heart disease.Black cardiologists say they hope the new registry will be a new tool in their arsenal to combat the deadly disease within the Black community.“The registry will address critical gaps in the quality of healthcare for African Americans and other underserved patients,” particularly in patient-centered outcomes research, said Dr. Elizabeth Ofili, principal investigator for the registry and senior associate dean of clinical and translational research at Morehouse, an Atlanta-based HBCU.last_img read more

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Counterstrike now has an Osama Bin Laden compound map

first_imgIt was inevitable if you think about it. The world’s number one terrorist was killed by a group of U.S. soldiers entering a compound and taking out the enemy. It sounds just like a map and scenario from your favorite FPS, and now it has become a map for one of the most popular multiplayer shooters out there: Valve’s CounterStrike.The map carries the name fy_abbottabad due to the fact it is based on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. It has been created by a map builder going by the name of Fletch and is usable as both a bomb and hostage map.Although the exterior may look similar to what we’ve seen on the news, Fletch points out it’s only really the location that’s the same. Unless detailed plans have appeared of the compound on the Internet, we think the interior is going to be setup to be a good map rather than true to the layout the U.S. soldiers had to navigate through.If you play Counterstrike and want to try this map out it is available as a free 1MB download from GameBanana.via The Daily WhatMatthew’s OpinionI doubt this will be the last map we see carrying a name and location similar to that of Osama’s compound. If detailed plans do get posted somewhere you can pretty much guarantee someone will create a perfect recreation of the building and surrounding landscape. If nothing else, some gamers will want to see exactly what had to be navigated before Osama Bin Laden was located and shot.Is it in bad taste? I think the majority of gamers will think not. The news of his death is still a big talking point and received a lot of coverage. It’s only natural that people will want to know more and see where Osama has been hiding out for years. The fact there are tools available to recreate the building just make for another way to experience it first hand.last_img read more

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