December 10, 2019
  • 9:50 pm What I Learned Publishing 4,000 Blog Posts
  • 9:49 pm If You Want Greater Engagement, You Go First
  • 11:14 am Nitish launches campaign to end dowry, child marriage
  • 11:13 am Unplanned urbanisation blamed as dengue claims 40 lives in Bengal
  • 11:13 am Bajrang Dal rolls out recruitment drive to mark Babri Masjid demolition anniversary

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday launched a State-wide campaign to abolish child marriage and dowry, drawing strength from the campaign he had launched last year to make the State alcohol-free. He also said a human chain would be formed in support of the campaign on January 21, 2018. “We had implemented prohibition in the State last year and launched a massive campaign in its support by forming a human chain on January 21, 2017…. Similarly, I would appeal to all of you to form a human chain on January 21, 2018, in support of the campaign to put an end to the wrong practices of child marriage and dowry,” Mr. Kumar said. The JD(U) leader was addressing a function organised by the Social Welfare Department at the Ashok Convention Centre’s Bapu Sabhaghar here, which was inaugurated on Monday. On January 21 this year, Bihar had formed the world’s largest human chain, as per the government’s claim, in support of the liquor ban with Mr. Kumar, leaders from various political parties and citizens holding each other’s hands at the Gandhi Maidan in the State capital here.‘Political angle’ Mr. Kumar appealed to all sections of society to put an end to social evils such as child marriage and dowry and not politicise them. “Do not view everything from a political angle,” he said. The Chief Minister, who administered an oath to the people not to promote or support such social evils in any manner, also asked them to shun child marriage functions or marriages where dowry had been taken. Mr. Kumar said as per the Government of India’s crime data, Bihar ranked 26th in terms of crimes against women in the country, but added that the situation was alarming when it came to dowry-related cases.Dowry-related atrocities “Bihar ranks second in the country after neighbouring Uttar Pradesh when it comes to dowry-related cases. In 2016, 987 cases of dowry deaths were registered in Bihar, while the number of cases of dowry-related atrocities was 4,852,” he said, adding that the percentage of child marriage cases in the State stood at 39. The Chief Minister pointed out that this was the situation, despite there being laws – the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 – to eliminate such ill practices.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgAslew of new product introductions indicate virtual reality technology is coming into its own — but it’s a sector that is still waiting for a breakthrough product to win over consumers.Following several product entries into the emerging field of virtual reality from companies like Samsung, Sony, Canon and Facebook’s Oculus Rift project, Microsoft recently launched the HoloLens, an augmented reality headset, and HoloStudio, a software development kit for the product, in hopes of jump-starting a market that could impact areas from gaming and entertainment to collaboration and business.Microsoft’s move to make augmented reality applications a part of a ubiquitous software platform like the company’s Windows 10 operating system could prove to be a big validation of the technology. Broadly defined, virtual reality (VR) encompasses a set of technologies that places the user in a computer-generated, three-dimensional environment. Augmented reality mixes the physical with the virtual, layering computer-generated objects and information onto the real world.“When the leading investors and companies in Silicon Valley all make bets on something as ‘the next big thing,’ it has one of two implications: They are very right, or very wrong,” says Kevin Werbach, a Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor. “The basic idea that VR and augmented reality will eventually catch on because they add richness to our interactions with computers seems sound. The key questions are when, and how broadly, adoption spreads.”“When the leading investors and companies in Silicon Valley all make bets on something as ‘the next big thing,’ it has one of two implications: They are very right, or very wrong.” –Kevin WerbachFor its part, Microsoft is betting that the time for augmented reality is now. At its Windows 10 preview event in Seattle on January 21, the company demonstrated a variety of uses for HoloLens, including a virtual plumber guiding a do-it-yourself project and an augmented reality version of the open-ended world-building environment Minecraft, which came into the Microsoft fold with its September purchase of video game developer Mojang. HoloLens can create the illusion of an interactive hologram-like figure similar to the image of Princess Leia beamed out of R2D2 in the first Star Wars movie.At the Windows 10 event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the HoloLens effort is a part of higher aspirations for Windows. “We want to move from people needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows,” said Nadella, who also highlighted how Microsoft and NASA were collaborating with the HoloLens technology to control Mars rovers in July.“These are going to be mind-blowing experiences,” said Nadella. “It’s about our innovation going forward: New categories, new experiences and new opportunities.”Microsoft’s event came just a few weeks after Facebook’s Oculus Rift held demonstrations at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for spatial 3-D audio, games and movies. Oculus Rift was also the centerpiece of several entertainment marketing events at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. In addition, Oculus Rift has an effort called Story Studio, which creates virtual reality enhanced movies. When Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion in 2014, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said immersive gaming would be the focus of the company’s initial efforts, but added virtual reality will be a platform for many other experiences.“Imagine enjoying a court-side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post announcing the deal. “This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.” Zuckerberg’s bet, like Microsoft’s, is that augmented and virtual reality will simply become part of daily life.Of course, virtual reality has a way to go to be an integral part of daily life. And it’s unclear whether virtual reality will first become a business tool or a consumer-facing product. And then there’s the hardware issue; virtual reality headsets are large and bulky. There’s also a question of who will develop the software and applications for virtual reality. In addition, there are concerns that the virtual reality push may fall in the dustbin of overhyped products that includes 3-D television and Google Glass, which has been decommissioned for now by Google.“We will see how this plays out,” says Peter Fader, a Wharton marketing professor. “HoloLens and Oculus Rift are products with incredible potential and could be transformational. But if they launch the wrong way, they could turn into a joke. We could have Google Glass all over again Twitter .”Business First?Aside from the Minecraft demonstration, Microsoft’s presentation of HoloLens involved a series of business-focused applications. For instance, HoloLens was shown as a way to educate and collaborate, or to refine engineering designs.That business-first focus is the best approach, says Fader, who notes that Google Glass would have done better if it started as an industry-specific product. Segway would have also fared better if it was used primarily for security and police uses instead of being billed as a game changing invention for the masses, he adds.“The nice thing about the HoloLens is that it can work in a broader array of sectors,” says Fader. “But it may be better off being quietly introduced to sectors. The fact we’re talking about it means there’s risk that expectations will be too high.”Though plenty of consumers are using personal devices at work, Fader’s theory is that so-called “consumerization,” or the emergence of the individual customer as the primary driver of a product, is an anomaly. Products that are rolled out as business tools first usually prove they can scale. Often companies will slowly roll out a product to smaller markets and then expand its reach. Thus, Canon’s strategy, which revolves around targeting its augmented reality software and hardware at specific industries such as health care, makes more sense, says Fader.Wharton operations and information management professor Kartik Hosanagar agrees that HoloLens is likely to be embraced by businesses and entertainment products first. “The first markets will be in entertainment (movies, gaming), medical (training doctors and surgeons) and military applications,” Hosanagar notes. “It will eventually reach social applications, but again I feel the first applications will be in business.”According to Wharton management professor David Hsu, there is an interactive element to HoloLens that will be good for business collaboration. “Three dimensional rendering could be powerful,” Hsu says. “But to me, HoloLens is clearly a gaming and entertainment application first.” Hsu’s take isn’t a huge stretch, given that Microsoft also owns the Xbox gaming system. It’s possible that HoloLens could become an add-on to the Xbox much like the Kinect motion sensor did. “Microsoft’s use cases feature business, but things like complex engineering aren’t going to be something we all encounter a lot.”Gaming and movies could be an easy way to highlight the technology and then move into business, says Hsu.“I think we’ll see adoption of VR in entertainment first because it’s much easier for people to accept wearing a headset and stepping beyond the ‘real’ world for the coolness factor,” says Werbach. “There will also be business situations where immersive visualization is particularly valuable, such as an architect designing a building, or distributed meetings in which high-fidelity human interaction is important. Those are both huge markets, even if they [account for] a sliver of the time that we use computers.”In the long run, Werbach says that the collaboration enabled by VR will be significant. “Facebook buying Oculus was a bet that VR will have a place in social networking, but there is an even stronger case for business networking,” Werbach notes. “One day, people will wake up and realize that conference calls are an awful way to conduct globalized business.”Wild CardsHow long will it take for VR to hit its stride and become a mainstream technology? Hsu acknowledges that product cycles have become compressed, and that there are many wild cards that could come into play as VR products are developed. One killer app, for example, could quickly garner wider public acceptance for the technology. “Instead of technologies taking five to 10 years to be developed, it could now be two to three years,” says Hsu.Hsu says there are multiple technologies that may better enable VR technology. For instance, 3-D printing has become increasingly common as a way to manufacture some products. Consumer applications for 3-D printing have also gathered momentum. Companies like Hewlett-Packard are projecting a day where physical and virtual realities work together, Hsu notes.The future of virtual reality will likely depend on the quality of the content created for these new devices. Companies like Microsoft and Oculus need software developers to create new applications and entertainment firms to generate compelling content. VR will need a killer application that brings a mass audience to the technology. “It’s a chicken and egg problem,” says Hsu.That chicken and egg conundrum is one reason why Microsoft launched HoloStudio, a software developer kit that is tied into Windows 10. Microsoft hopes to make developing VR applications as easy as building software for Windows.Forrester analyst James McQuivey said in a research note that Microsoft’s developer strategy could give VR adoption a boost. “By building [holographic computing] into Windows 10 and demonstrating these kinds of applications, Microsoft is creating something more like an open web browser — and all that this implies about the power that it would give Microsoft — than a closed Xbox-like ecosystem,” said McQuivey. “Any company can use Windows 10 to add holography to existing applications or services. And anyone can build a headset that exploits Windows 10′s holographic computing capabilities.”McQuivey also said that Forrester expects Google and Apple, two companies with their own armies of software developers, to enter the VR fray.According to Fader, however, Microsoft is likely to push HoloLens to market too soon — possibly for the 2015 holiday shopping season — as part of Xbox. Microsoft, which has its own game titles, can also create the content for HoloLens. “The risk is that Microsoft will blast this out too fast even though there’s no compelling reason to get the technology out there,” says Fader.Werbach notes that augmented reality may become the norm before VR because it is easier to find value added information and the content can be delivered on current smartphone and tablet screens. Google Goggles, which allow someone to take a cellphone picture and get additional information, and Google Translate, which translates languages, are examples of augmented reality applications.“One of the interesting land mines for VR is that some people find it disorienting and nausea-inducing,” says Werbach. “I don’t know how fixable or widespread that problem is, but it should give us pause in envisioning VR becoming ubiquitous.”Lessons from Google GlassThe lessons of the Google Glass experiment color views of VR’s potential. Google said on January 15 that it would halt public sales of Google Glass Explorer edition products. The glasses, which went for $1,500, captured a lot of tech buzz, but failed to define a compelling need for the product.In a blog post, Google said that the Glass program would be shut down “so we can focus on what’s coming next.” Various reports indicated that Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who joined Google via the Nest acquisition, would take over design.Fader says that Google Glass became a mainstream topic too fast. Fortunately, HoloLens and Oculus Rift won’t be worn in public during people’s daily travels — the way Google Glass was meant to be — given that they’re too bulky, notes Fader.Social acceptance aside, Fader says HoloLens should stay small and focus on business.“If you look at success stories like the personal computer, they trickled down,” says Fader. “If you go too big too soon, you’re Segway or Google Glass.” Related Itemslast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgFootball governing body FIFA has exonerated its president Sepp Blatter of all corruption charges but has suspended senior executives Mohammed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner over bribery allegations.The FIFA ethics committee met to deliberate over the most damaging corruption crisis to have hit the sports body.They provisionally suspended the two senior officers amid allegations that they bribed voters in the presidential election campaign.A full blown investigation will now be conducted and if found guilty, the executive council members could be banned for life from all football activity.Blatter, who had been accused of purposely ignoring the bribery, was cleared by the committee.The FIFA chief will now stand unopposed for a fourth term of presidency.last_img

READ MORE

first_imgColin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNFL teams were on Tuesday invited to attend a private workout by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco quarterback who ignited controversy by kneeling during the US national anthem to protest against racial injustice.Kaepernick’s protests triggered a political firestorm in 2017 — after the quarterback had left the league — when US President Donald Trump described players who knelt during the US anthem as “sons of bitches” who should be sacked.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” Kaepernick wrote.“I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”READ: Colin Kaepernick stirs new controversy for Nike ESPN reported on Tuesday that teams had been sent a memo inviting them to watch and interview Kaepernick at a workout in Atlanta on Saturday.The network reported that several clubs had already inquired about whether Kaepernick was ready to play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Fox-less Sacramento Kings beat slumping Portland Trail Blazers He has not played since opting out of his 49ers contract at the end of the 2016-2017 season and has been repeatedly ignored by teams in the years since.READ: Colin Kaepernick says he’s ‘still ready’ to return to NFLFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIn 2017 he filed a grievance against the NFL alleging he was being unfairly denied employment, a case that was settled in February.He has continued to train in the hope of being able to retain his readiness to play and the NFL-arranged workout, first reported by ESPN, was confirmed by Kaepernick on Twitter.center_img Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them,” ESPN quoted the memo as saying.“We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgNEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.Michael Pineda (6-2) rebounded from consecutive losses and Brian McCann hit a solo shot for the Yankees, who outscored the AL champions 23-4 in their first home sweep of at least three games against Kansas City since August 2007.Coming into the series, New York had lost six in a row and 10 of 11.Chris Young (4-1) gave up both Yankees home runs, and the slumping Royals have dropped four straight for the first time since Aug. 28-31. They’ve managed only five runs during the slide.Dellin Betances allowed an unearned run in the eighth — he still has not yielded an earned run this year. Andrew Miller pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in as many opportunities.Brett Gardner doubled to start the third, Chase Headley walked and Rodriguez pulled a line drive into the left-field corner that cleared the fence near the 318-foot sign.With his 665th home run, the three-time MVP increased his career total to 1,995 RBIs. The Yankees said that’s two more than Gehrig gets credit for from the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s official statistician.Records get tricky when it comes to runs batted in, partly because RBIs did not become an official stat until 1920. So while baseball-reference.com lists Gehrig with 1,995 RBIs and Babe Ruth with 2,214, Elias puts A-Rod ahead of both of them and behind only Barry Bonds (1,996) and Hank Aaron (2,297).Rodriguez’s 11th homer of the season plus a single in the seventh left him 19 hits shy of 3,000.Mike Moustakas, the second batter of the game, completed a cycle of sorts against Pineda with a long home run into the raised concrete bleachers in right. Back on May 15, Moustakas had a single, double and triple off Pineda as Young won 12-1 in Kansas City.Pineda struck out Moustakas in his next two at-bats, though — the second time with two runners in scoring position and one out. The right-hander then whiffed Lorenzo Cain with a nasty slider to end the threat.McCann homered into the second deck in right field leading off the second.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: OF Alex Rios (broken left hand) was scheduled to be the DH for nine innings Wednesday night in his third rehab game with Triple-A Omaha, manager Ned Yost said.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (wrist tendinitis and forearm strain) threw 62 pitches over three innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up three runs and four hits, including a homer, while striking out four and walking two.UP NEXTRoyals: After a day off Thursday, the Royals play three interleague games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. RHP Edinson Volquez, who is 7-0 vs. the Cubs, starts the series opener Friday against RHP Jake Arrieta.Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (2-6, 5.47 ERA) starts Thursday night at Oakland in the opener of a seven-game West Coast trip. Coming off a dreadful outing vs. Texas, Sabathia is 8-10 with a 4.66 ERA against his hometown team.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

READ MORE

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 10:39 IST World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma finished the campaign with 648 runs and 5 hundreds (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma finished World Cup 2019 campaign with 648 runsRohit became the 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a World Cup campaignI feel bad for him: Sachin Tendulkar on Rohit’s World Cup disappointmentFormer India captain and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar empathised with Rohit Sharma, saying the India opener will need time to overcome the disappointment of India’s World Cup exit in Wednesday’s semi-final.Rohit Sharma cut a dejected figure for most part of the Inidan chase against New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester. Rohit was out for 1 as early as the the 2nd over after which Matt Henry and Trent Boult ran throught the Indian top-order.Rohit was not part of India’s World Cup-winning team in 2011 and the vice-captain played with a lot of determination throughout the World Cup in England. Rohit was in the form of his life as he became the first-ever batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup.Nonetheless, on Wednesday, Rohit’s reactions from the dressing room told the story of India’s semi-final defeat. At one point in time when Ravindra Jadeja completed a valiant fifty, Rohit cheered him on from the dressing room and urged to keep going.Despite a 106-run stand from MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, India fell short of the target by 18 runs. The initial blows from New Zealand new-ball bowlers proved too much in the end of Team India.”He [Rohit Sharma] must be feeling terrible and so bad about the way we have ended this WC. It’s something which he will take quite some time to overcome because this is a huge disappointment. I feel bad for him,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.”It is a tough time for everyone, we have expectations and dreams. All I can say is its been a tough day. How bad they must be feeling in the dressing room. I fully agree that we should have chased 240. 10 out of 10 times we would have taken that.”advertisementTime is the greatest healer: Sachin TendulkarMeanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar also pointed out that the entire team, including the support staff, need to give themselves time to come out of the World Cup 2019 disappointment.”Time is the greatest healer, we just have to wait for a while, step aside a little bit give yourself some time and then take a call,” Tendulkar added.”Not just for Virat Kohli and Rohit, we have got 15 members in the squad along with the support staff. They have been working constantly behind the scenes. Everyone will be equally disappointed. As an Indian it is disappointing and heartbreaking.”Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar on MS Dhoni retirement speculation: It’s his personal decision, he should be given that spaceAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin TendulkarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Rohit SharmaFollow Virat KohliFollow India cricket teamFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow World Cup 2019 Next World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma must be feeling terrible, says Sachin TendulkarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma hit a record-breaking number of 5 hundreds in India’s campaign in England but it was not enough as the team suffered an 18-run loss in the semi-final and crashed out of the quadrennial tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

READ MORE

first_img The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make There’s a buzz in the air around 701 Whaley, where the Great American Whiskey Fair is happening. It’s something like Christmas, but better, because inside the doors of this venue on a side street in Columbia, South Carolina, is something even Santa couldn’t pull out of his bag. Inside is the Southeast’s largest whiskey festival, with over 100 distilleries and 500 bottles of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. And we went so we could tell you why you need to find a way to Columbia for next year’s festival, which, at the rate it’s growing, will be bigger and better.For whiskey lovers, the joy is immediate. Whether you’re into checking out the local distilleries like hometown favorites Crouch Distilling or Copper Horse Distilling, or nearby friends in Palmetto Distillery, Yesternight Distilling, or distilleries from places across the country and the world, chances are you’ll find it at the GAWF.In its third year, the GAWF is the brainchild of Kristian Niemi, owner of Bourbon, a whiskey bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant in downtown Columbia. (Which, if you’re ever in Columbia, you need to check out for what is possibly the best deal in town: at select times, a beer, bourbon, and burger for $10.)Related: Dropping White Isn’t Only For Fashion: Check Out These 5 Brown Liquor Drinks for After Labor DayThere’s whiskey for every palate at GAWF. We were able to try everything from High West’s delectable spirit Bourye, which combines bourbon and rye, Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, and two of my new favorites from the night—Chattanooga Whiskey’s 1816 Reserve and Thirteenth Colony Distillery’s Southern Rye Whiskey.By the end of the night, one thing was clear, aside from the need to hitch an Über home: you need to come to this festival. Next year, you need to be hopping in a car or on a plane and getting to Columbia to taste your way around the whiskey world, one sip at a time. How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1. Great American Whiskey Fair 2. Great American Whiskey Fair 3. Great American Whiskey Fair 4. Great American Whiskey Fair 5. Great American Whiskey Fair 6. Great American Whiskey Fair The Best American Liqueur Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgFor adults, going back to school to improve their literacy skills requires courage and commitment, but the payoff can be tremendous. Later this summer, Premier John Hamm will recognize one outstanding adult learner with Nova Scotia’s first Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Nominations are now being accepted. “A well-educated, skilled workforce is one of the key elements of a strong economy and healthy society,” said Premier Hamm. “I look forward to joining premiers across the country in recognizing Canadians who have shown exceptional commitment in their efforts to become better educated.” At the Council of the Federation meeting in July 2004, Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders agreed to create an award to increase awareness of the many achievements in literacy in each province and territory. The Council of the Federation Literacy Award will be given annually, beginning this year, to a recipient in each province and territory who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of literacy. Here in Nova Scotia, the award will be presented to an adult learner who has made outstanding progress in his or her own learning. “Adults who opt to go back to school and continue their learning are taking a brave step and are to be congratulated,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Learning doesn’t need to be confined to public school. We are working to ensure Nova Scotians of all ages have the opportunity to gain the literacy and numeracy skills they need to learn, live and work successfully in the province.” The Department of Education supports nearly 5,000 Nova Scotia adults through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. The department also helps about 1,200 adults in Nova Scotia workplaces improve their essential skills through the Workplace Education Initiative. To nominate an exceptional adult literacy learner for the Council of the Federation Literacy Award, individuals must complete a nomination package, which includes a nomination form, a personal story written by the nominee, and two letters of support, one from a representative of an adult learning program the nominee attended, and one from either an employer, community organization or fellow student that has been inspired by the nominee. The award selection committee will include representatives from business, industry, education and community organizations. Nomination materials will be available at adult literacy organizations in the province, including Literacy Nova Scotia, community-based literacy groups, Nova Scotia Community College, school board adult high schools and workplace education partners. To download a nomination form, or for more information about the award, see the website at www.ednet.ns.ca . All nominations must be addressed to the Department of Education, Adult Education Division, 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9 and post-marked by June 17. The winner will be notified in August 2005.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgNova Scotians can celebrate National Forest Week with the Department of Natural Resources by taking part in various activities around the province that showcase the diversity of provincial forests. The week runs from Sept. 21 to 27 with the theme Canada’s Forest: Biodiversity in a Changing World. The theme focuses on conserving the diverse plant and animal life in the country’s forests. “Our forestry sector is of great importance to the province’s communities and economy,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “To ensure our forests remain healthy, it is essential for Nova Scotians to understand and appreciate their many values.” Department of Natural Resources staff are continuing the annual tradition of joining with local groups and associations to conduct National Forest Week activities that teach people about the value of forests. Events around the province include: — On Thursday, Sept. 25, Neil Livingston, winner of the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award in the eastern region, will host a Kids in the Forests event in Riverville, Inverness Co. The event provides an opportunity for elementary school children to learn about forests from department staff while in a forest setting. — On Saturday, Sept. 27, Mr. Livingston will be presented with the Woodlot Owner of the Year Award for the eastern region during the a field day at the woodlot. A field day for the provincial winners, Russell and Marjorie McNally of Colchester County, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4. — Staff in some areas of the province will talk with Grade 6 students about the importance of forests and help them plant seedlings. — “Treevia” contests will be held daily on radio stations in Truro, New Glasgow, Yarmouth, Sydney, Port Hawkesbury and the Annapolis Valley. The department will provide T-shirts and Nova Scotia atlases as prizes. The DEMO International 2008 live forestry show wraps up as National Forest Week begins. The show features more than 100 exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 5,000 people from across the country and around the world. The department has 1.5 hectares of forest at the show to demonstrate how it provides advice and services that help manage the province’s natural resources. The event runs from Sept. 18 to 20 in Devon, Halifax Regional Municipality. For show hours and directions to DEMO, one of North America’s largest outdoor equipment shows, visit www.demointernational.com . Following National Forest Week, in late October, Children’s entertainer Jim Dalling will perform his Ask Me if I’m a Tree show for grades 3 to 6 throughout Nova Scotia. The educational, entertaining, and interactive presentation brings the message of responsible forest use and sustainable forest management. “Mr. Dalling’s presentation has been a part of National Forest Week in Nova Scotia for many years,” said Mr. Morse. “He continues to entertain children as he creatively educates them with facts and information about forests.” National Forest Week is co-ordinated nationally by the Canadian Forestry Association. Events in support of the week are organized and sponsored locally. More information about National Forest Week activities is available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgMona Baryluk is the new chair of Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s advisory board of directors. The Department of Health and Wellness and Cancer Care Nova Scotia announced today, Nov. 19, that Ms. Baryluk is replacing Heather Hogg, who completed her term as board chair on Aug. 31. A seasoned health care professional, Ms. Baryluk has more than 35 years of experience in many aspects of health system management including: patient care; education; program development; research; and administration. Before retiring in 2012, Ms. Baryluk held several senior positions with the Cape Breton District Health Authority, including ten years as administrative director of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. Earlier experiences include roles as a clinical research associate, palliative care consult nurse, pediatric nurse, and instructor and curriculum coordinator at the Sydney Hospital School of Nursing. Ms. Baryluk is also active in her community. She has served on various community committees including as chair of the Board of Bereaved Families of Cape Breton, as a board member of the Cape Breton Mental Health Association, and as a canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society. “Ms. Baryluk’s knowledge of the health system in general and the cancer system, in particular, will be invaluable to her new role,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness. “I would also like to thank Ms. Hogg for her contribution to Cancer Care Nova Scotia, first as a board member and then as Board Chair.” “Nova Scotia has the highest incidence in the country for some cancers, and Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s leadership and work with health professionals, administrators and others across the province is critical to reducing the impact of this family of diseases on cancer patients and families,” said Mr. Glavine. “I am confident Ms. Baryluk’s leadership and the advice of the advisory board will help the team at Cancer Care Nova Scotia to continue its work to enable high quality care for cancer patients and families.” “During Mona’s years as administrative director of cancer and palliative care services she was a valued colleague, partner and stakeholder of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, working with us to further cancer prevention, treatment and care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and families,” said Dr. Carman Giacomantonio, chief medical director, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to welcome her as board chair. Her leadership abilities, knowledge of the cancer system, and expertise in education and program development will serve us well as we continue our work to enable high quality care for Nova Scotia cancer patients and their families.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports health-care professionals in providing patients with high quality care. Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing, such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and home screening kits for colon cancer.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI told a Delhi court Monday that it may file a supplementary charge sheet with “substantial evidence” in a case of alleged murder of the Unnao rape survivor’s father in judicial custody, one of the four related cases transferred by the Supreme Court from Uttar Pradesh.The submissions were made when District Judge Dharmesh Sharma sought the status of the investigation in the case. The joint trial in the assault and murder case, in which charges have been framed by the court against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others, will commence from August 22. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’During the hearing, Senior Public Prosecutor Ashok Bhartendu, appearing for the CBI, said, “Further investigation in the murder case is going on and the agency will be coming up with substantial evidence and file a status report within a week.” The court had earlier framed murder and other charges against the MLA, his brother Atul Sengar, three ex-Uttar Pradesh police officials and others. It had also clubbed two cases related to the alleged murder of the rape survivor’s father and the other related to allegedly framing him in a case of possession of illegal arms and observed that one case was the foundation of the other. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSengar, his brother and the three UP policemen were not named as accused in the CBI’s charge sheet filed in the case of the alleged murder. The woman, allegedly raped by Kuldeep Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the road accident. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the AIIMS for better care as she continued to be critical. When the counsel of the rape survivor and her family, advocate Dharmendra Mishra, had earlier told the court that the role of the Sengars should be investigated in the alleged murder of her father, CBI had said further investigation was going on. “Till now, the CBI did not find anything against the MLA to be a common accused. If, during the trial, the agency finds any evidence against the duo, a supplementary charge sheet will be filed,” the public prosecutor said,” the agency had said. The rape survivor’s father was arrested on April 3, 2018 and died in judicial custody on April 9, 2018.last_img read more

READ MORE

The Government today noted the need to maintain good ties with the UN system despite concerns raised by some members of the opposition and hardline groups.Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that by ignoring proposals made by the UN the former Government saw itself being isolated. The Minister said that some people in Sri Lanka have the wrong impression that the UN is attempting to take control of Sri Lanka but that impression has no basis. (Colombo Gazette) He said that other countries which had also taken a confrontational approach with the UN instead of being open to constructive dialogue, had nothing to gain in the end.

READ MORE

Three people of the same family have been found dead in a house in Kotahena, the police said.According to the police, a father, son and daughter were found dead in the house in Benadict lane today. The police suspect the three had died after consuming poison. (Colombo Gazette)

READ MORE

MIAMI — Markell Johnson scored 12 consecutive points down the stretch for the North Carolina State Wolfpack to break open a close game, and they beat Vanderbilt 80-65 Saturday.Johnson’s spurt included a 3-pointer and three-point play on back-to-back possessions, and he helped the Wolfpack transform a 60-58 lead into a 72-61 advantage.The junior guard finished with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 26 minutes. Sophomore reserve D.J. Funderburk added a career-high 16 points, all in the first half.North Carolina State (7-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season Tuesday at Wisconsin. Vanderbilt (5-2), still reeling from freshman Darius Garland’s season-ending knee injury last week, lost for the second time in three games.The game was part of the Hoophall Miami Invitational, a four-team, one-day event at the Heat’s arena.The Wolfpack never trailed and built an 11-point lead midway through the first half. The 6-10 Funderburk, a transfer from Ohio State, helped North Carolina State to a 46-34 halftime lead.Vanderbilt closed to within 60-58 and had three shots to tie but never erased their deficit.Simi Shittu and Saben Lee had 15 points apiece for Vanderbilt. The Commodores, who made 56 3-pointers in their first six games, went 3 for 22 from beyond the arc.North Carolina State was also helped by a 46-33 rebounding edge.BIG PICTUREHelped by Funderburk, North Carolina State’s bench outscored Vanderbilt 37-21 and has outscored opponents 260-113 this season.UP NEXTNorth Carolina State plays host to Western Carolina on Wednesday.Vanderbilt plays host to Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Steven Wine, The Associated Press read more

READ MORE

first_imgVésicule biliaire : symptômes, calculs, ablation, qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?La vésicule biliaire est un organe du système digestif. Il est fréquent qu’il s’y produise des calculs, pouvant, après accumulation, poser des complications. Petit tour d’horizon sur la vésicule biliaire, sa fonction, et les troubles qui peuvent l’affecter. Définition et fonction : c’est quoi la vésicule biliaire ?La vésicule biliaire est un organe de l’appareil digestif ayant pour fonction de stocker et de concentrer la bile produite par le foie, avant de la déverser dans les intestins au moment de la digestion. La bile est un liquide composé de mucus, de pigments biliaires, de sels biliaires, de cholestérol et de sels minéraux, destiné à faciliter la digestion.La vésicule biliaire se situe près du foie, au niveau de l’abdomen et se présente en forme de poire, d’une longueur d’environ 8 centimètres pour 4 centimètres de diamètre.Vésicule biliaire et calculs : symptômes et opérationIl est fréquent de retrouver des calculs dans la vésicule biliaire. Les calculs sont des masses semblables à des cristaux qui se forment notamment lorsque la bile contient une trop grande proportion de cholestérol, de sels biliaires ou de bilirubine, le pigment présent dans la bile. Néanmoins, le nombre, la taille et la forme des calculs peuvent varier.Ils peuvent ainsi être semblables à des grains de sable ou prendre la taille d’une balle de golf. De même, les symptômes vont varier d’une personne à l’autre. Dans la plupart des cas, les calculs sont “silencieux”, autrement dit, ils n’entraînent aucune douleur et sont détectés par hasard lors d’une échographie. Dans ce cas, ils ne nécessitent habituellement pas de traitement, uniquement une surveillance de l’alimentation.Toutefois, les calculs peuvent aussi entraîner des crises douloureuses. En effet, ils peuvent obstruer les conduits amenant la bile de la vésicule vers le foie. Comme la vésicule ne peut plus se vider, elle gonfle et provoque des douleursqui peuvent être violentes. Dans ce cas, des médicaments sont généralement prescrits pour soulager les symptômes et une opération peut être envisagée.À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?L’intervention va consister à retirer la vésicule biliaire (cholécystectomie). L’acte peut être réalisé par laparotomie (avec ouverture de l’abdomen) ou coelioscopie (sans ouvrir la paroi abdominale). Cette technique permet d’éliminer le risque de récidives et de complications.Vésicule biliaire et cancer La vésicule biliaire peut être touchée par un cancer mais les cas sont relativement rares comparé à d’autres cancers digestifs. L’incidence est d’environ 2.000 nouveaux cas par an en France. Il touche 2 à 3 fois plus la femme que l’homme et se déclare généralement après 65 ans. Le 14 octobre 2015 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgA school bus with two children on board was involved in a crash north of Camas with a passenger vehicle this morning. The children suffered facial cuts, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. A passenger vehicle was driving too fast during the rainy conditions and began “fishtailing” before crashing broadside into the small Camas School District bus, Finn said. The crash was reported just before 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Northeast 267th Avenue, which is also state Highway 500, and Northeast 19th Street. The driver of the vehicle, who has not yet been identified, is being cited for traveling too fast for the conditions and for failing to provide proof of insurance, Finn said. This story will be updated as information becomes available.last_img

READ MORE

first_imgThe Discovery Channel’s show “Deadliest Catch” is an action-packed, intimate look into the lives of men who dare to brave treacherous waters in frigid conditions aboard 70-foot vessels laden with stacks of 750-pound crab pots in the midst of unforgiving storms — all for a $40,000 to $70,000 paycheck for less than two months of grueling work.Were it not for the proficient writing of a Battle Ground High School graduate, the show, approaching its 11th season, may never have seen the screen.Spike Walker wrestled, undefeated, in the heavyweight division all through high school and set a record in the shot put that still stands today. He took his athletic prowess to Spokane Falls Community College and to Oregon State University. During his college career, his 5-foot-11, 275-pound frame helped him set national shot put records that qualified him for the Olympic trials. He’s since been inducted into three halls of fame in Washington state.Walker, then a Yacolt resident, went on to attend a deep-sea diving school, which led him to work in the oilfields off the coast of Louisiana. He spent time balloon logging on the Hoh River outside of Forks, and while living in Alaska, he took a ferry to Skagway, hiked the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail, flew into Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, bought a 17-foot canoe and spent a month alone paddling 1,000 miles of the Yukon River. Then he sold the canoe to Native Americans and hitchhiked home.last_img read more

READ MORE

first_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos Gadgets Apple CES 2019 CES 2019 Live Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 0center_img CES 2019 is well and truly underway with all the world’s biggest tech brands having shown off their latest products. We’ve seen some great new products, including Lamborghini’s $30,000 massage chair, an amazing bread making “robot” and Google has its own Disneyland-style exhibition hall.  Sunday CES highlights: CES 2019 is here: A cleaner litter box, the Bread Bot and more early highlightsMonday CES highlights: LG’s rollable TV wows and a car walks as CES 2019 prepares to openTuesday CES highlights: CES 2019 opens to a flying car, a boxing robot and a Google Assistant rideBut it’s the CNET booth (outside of the Tech West area at the Sands Expo Center) that the fun really happens. Can’t join us here in Las Vegas? No problem: We’re bringing the show to you live, now through Thursday. (Today’s livestream is embedded above.) John Falcone/CNET CNET’s CES 2019 live schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 9Here’s what you can expect on today’s broadcast, though note that the schedule below is subject to change. All times are in PT. 9:00 a.m.: The 3:59 Show9:30 a.m.: Ralph Breaks VR: A visit to The Void 10:00 a.m.: Apple Core: Apple Accessories at CES 10:15 a.m.: CNET News Editor-in-Chief Connie Guglielmo interviews Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera10:30 a.m.: WTF (What The Future!) at CES 2019 11:00 a.m.: CNET en español takes the stage11:20 a.m.: Penn Jillette joins us on stage11:40 a.m.: Sophia the Robot 12:00 p.m.: TBA1:00 p.m.: Breaking Point: Putting phone cases and more to the test2:00 p.m.: CNET.com Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine interviews Samsung’s Alanna Cotton, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Samsung Electronics America 2:15 p.m.: B-Secur Heartbeat ID 2:30 p.m.: Smart Cities and Community Health3:00 p.m.: Stream Economy Live3:30 p.m.: Square off 4:00 p.m.: Focus on Sex Tech 4:30 p.m.: Craziest Tech at CES 20195 p.m.: Best of CES, Day 2 Missed something? Note that you can use the “DVR” function to rewind the stream. CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Livestream Post a comment Share your voice reading • CES 2019 day 2: Watch it live herelast_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgSuzuki’s first 110cc segment scooter Let’s will mark its entry into the domestic market on 6 May (Tuesday) in Chennai.The company had commenced the booking for Let’s scooter earlier last month and it will join the Suzuki’s pavilion in India on Tuesday, according to IndiansAuto Blog. The website also carried the scanned brochure of the Suzuki’s soon-to-be-launched Let’s.The scooter which was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 packs an 112.8cc single cylinder air-cooled engine under the hood, which gives a power of 8.7 hp at 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 9.0 Nm at 5,500 rpm.Let’s is expected to give a fuel efficiency of 63 kmpl and will be offered in five colour variants in the country – Pearl Mira red, Metallic Triton blue, Pearl Mirage white, Sparkle black and Metallic Sonic silver. It features telescopic fork suspension at the front, monoshock suspension at the rear and 90/90×10 tubeless tyres.Previous reports suggested that the Suzuki’s latest scooter would carry a price tag of 47,000. Measuring 1810 mm in length, 660 mm in width and 1120 mm in height, the new Let’s will take on the likes of Honda Activa-i, Hero Pleasure, Yamaha Ray and TVS Jupiter in the sub-continent market. It has a wheelbase of 1250mm and weighs just 98kg. The Let’s is available for booking in the country with advance payment of 1,000.Currently Suzuki’s Access 125 and Swish 125 scooters are sold in India. Apart from Let’s, Suzuki’s Gixxer is also expected to debut in the country by July. Gixxer, which made its debut at the Delhi Auto Expo, packs a single cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine under the hood. Image credit: suzukimotorcycle India (Ed:AJ)last_img read more

READ MORE

first_imgUFO Sightings Daily/NASA, SOHOScott C Waring, a self-proclaimed alien researcher who is operating from Taiwan, has been exposing various anomalies from NASA images, and in many of his website posts, the conspiracy theorist had argued that the US space agency is involved in an extraterrestrial coverup. Even though sceptics have continuously dismissed his claims stating it as a classic case of pareidolia, Waring continues to make more discoveries, and now, he has spotted a giant object releasing a wave of energy near the sun.In a recent post written on his website ‘UFO Sightings Daily’, Waring claimed that this gigantic alien ship could be actually Planet X, popularly known as Nibiru among conspiracy theorists. Waring believes that this giant spaceship is almost 10 to 15 times the size of the earth. As per conspiracy theorists, Nibiru is a killer planet that will once hit the planet causing massive devastation everywhere.”I believe that this giant spacecraft is the legendary Planet X, also known by the ancients as Nibiru. It is a planet-sized spacecraft that orbits our solar system making an appearance only when it wants and where it wants. Legend has it that it flies in an orbit that passes Earth every 15,000 to 20,000 years. During that time they are supposed to gather data about the evolution of humans and all creatures on Earth, analysts the data and make minor changes in DNA of creatures, even going so far as to cause extinction on a global scale. Yes I mean the dinosaurs,” wrote Waring on his website.In the website post, Waring also argued that NASA might be well aware of this spacecraft that is now near the sun. As per Waring, NASA is intentionally doing this coverup to control the panic level of the public. The researcher also outlandishly claimed that the sun is actually hollow.”US government and NASA knows about it already, but there is no way in hell they would ever alert the public. They want to keep the fear level down so they can control the public behaviour easier. So the real question is why are they near our sun unless the sun is truly hollow as I have stated before. I am surprised that solar observatories around the globe have not announced anything about this, but mind you, 99% of those observatories receive money from NASA to do their research and therefore must go through NASA before releasing any findings found,” added Waring.A few weeks back, Scott C Waring spotted a fossil-like structure on Mars and claimed that aliens have once thrived on the Red Planet. After making this discovery, Waring also urged the United States president Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA, so that he can unveil the mysteries regarding alien life.last_img read more

READ MORE