Sri Sri Event Sees Opposition Unite Against Government

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India Needs to Remember Forgotten Fallen of World Wars

first_imgAlmost one and a half million Indian soldiers took part in World War One, fighting in battles in far-away lands, and in conditions entirely alien to them. Related Itemslast_img

First fossil footprints of saber-toothed cats are bigger than Bengal tiger paws

first_imgA famous fossil trove in Argentina recently gave up a new treasure: the first fossil footprints ever reported of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon (above). The four tracks, discovered last year, are larger than those of today’s Bengal tiger, measuring—in one case—19.2 centimeters across. That’s approximately the span of an adult human hand with fingers spread wide. At the time the tracks were made—about 50,000 years ago in the middle of Earth’s most recent ice age—global sea levels were much lower and the site, now a wave-washed portion of the coast near Miramar, Argentina, would have been a few kilometers from the sea, the researchers reported at the 30th Argentine Meeting of Vertebrate Paleontology last month. The ancient footprints were probably made by S. populator, a species about 20% heftier than today’s Bengal tiger and known to live only in South America. (Its better-known relative, S. fatalis, is the saber-toothed cat of La Brea Tar Pits fame.) But because it’s so difficult to definitively link fossils such as footprints to the animals that made them, the newly discovered tracks will get their own species name, in accordance with longstanding scientific tradition. The team suggests that the name should be Smilodonichnum miramarensis, a Greek phrase that roughly but aptly translates as “Smilodon footprint from Miramar.”last_img read more

Public health scientist hopes to take his activism to Congress

first_img Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidatesHARRISBURG—Eric Ding gave himself a scant 10 weeks to win the Democratic primary for a seat in the U.S. Congress from central Pennsylvania. It’s the latest challenge for the 35-year-old public health scientist, who’s been in a hurry ever since doctors removed a large tumor from his chest as a teenager.The successful surgery led him to choose public health as his career, and it didn’t take him long to make an impact. By the age of 23, he had earned doctoral degrees in nutrition and epidemiology from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston.As a sideline to his graduate work, he co-authored a meta-analysis of the harmful effects of Vioxx, a hugely popular painkiller that had recently been withdrawn. The 2006 paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association received national media coverage. Over the past decade, he’s helped build one of the first web-based platforms to raise money for cancer research and promote healthy lifestyles and more recently, he created a site to help communities learn whether their children are at risk from high lead levels in the water.So in February, when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out a Republican-drawn map of the state’s 18 congressional districts and created a new one that wasn’t based on partisan politics, Ding sensed an opportunity to step up his activism. Declaring his candidacy on 27 February, the first-time candidate seems to relish the challenge of having so little time before the 15 May primary to connect with voters in the 10th congressional district (PA-10), near where he grew up before leaving the area for college 15 years ago.“Our race is very difficult because we don’t have 6 to 9 months to fundraise and meet everyone at town halls,” he explains during a recent interview at his campaign headquarters here. “So everything is compressed. It’s intense.” The science candidates: races to watch in 2018 Public health scientist hopes to take his activism to Congress How a Pennsylvania industrial engineer became the odds-on favorite to win a seat in Congress Eric Ding often cites his public health research in wooing voters in Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district. Pennsylvania is a key battleground in the fight for control of the next Congress, and scientists are in the middle of that fight. In February, the state’s highest court threw out a Republican-drawn map of the state’s 18 congressional districts and installed one that, for the most part, eliminates partisan gerrymandering. Those new districts helped push some Republican incumbents into retirement, while at the same time prompting many first-time Democratic candidates to run for seats that now appear winnable.The result is a political free-for-all in which veteran campaign watchers are hedging their bets on who the winners might be. “I haven’t seen a single poll, and without a poll, you can’t begin to make a guess,” says political scientist Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he directs the Center for Politics and Public Affairs and runs the F&M Poll. A crowded field, he says, simply adds to the confusion. This story is the last in a three-part series on candidates with considerable scientific training who are running as Democrats for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania. 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Knocking on doors in a residential neighborhood here, Ding wastes no time describing how his personal medical crisis motivated his choice of careers. Health care is also the centerpiece of his campaign, and he frames the need for universal health coverage as a matter of expanding personal freedom. He hopes that approach will win over enough Republicans and independents to help him topple the Republican incumbent, Representative Scott Perry, should Ding defeat the three other Democrats running in the primary.“Do you think health care is an important issue?” he prompts several residents after they fail to answer his question about what they are most worried about. “Well, the doctors at [Milton S.] Hershey Medical Center [in his district] saved my life. And that’s when I decided to become a public health scientist.”One attentive homeowner gets a full dose of Ding’s major talking points: “I’ve dedicated my career to fighting injustices in the health care system,” he tells her. “I was a whistleblower fighting the big drug companies that were selling a dangerous drug. Then I helped lead the fight against lead poisoning, like in Flint [Michigan]. I’ve never worked for a corporation, and I want to take that fight to Washington [D.C].”The front porch is a tough place to discuss how to reform the ailing U.S. health care system. One resident, a retired state employee, says he’s in good health and that his top priority is getting motorists to slow down and not run the stop sign at the end of the block—something over which a member of Congress has no input. However, another resident seemed to take up Ding’s invitation by disclosing that his wife has recently been diagnosed with cancer and that she has waited 6 months to begin treatment.The comment rang Ding’s bell. He explains that the current incentive system in medicine is badly flawed and that doctors should get paid based on their success in treating people rather than on the number of tests they order. Then he pauses, hoping that explanation will strike a chord.But the homeowner doesn’t see the connection to his wife’s condition. “The doctors are just dragging their feet,” he mutters. After walking away, Ding rejects the suggestion that he might have misunderstood the speaker and moves onto the next house.His heartfelt appreciationA misdiagnosis helps explain why Ding is pounding the pavement here, the state capital and largest city in the mostly rural district he hopes to represent. His parents, who emigrated from Shanghai, China, when he was 5 years old, certainly had no idea their son would someday strive to become an elected official. “They aren’t very political,” he says. “My mom is a very shy professor of education at a local university [in nearby Shippensburg, Pennsylvania].”On the other hand, education was a priority. His mother’s first academic job after earning her Ph.D. in education instruction from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln required her to teach psychology and statistics. She had never studied either subject, he says, so over the summer she purchased and pored over a 26-volume PBS series on each discipline. “And I watched them with her, twice,” Ding recalls. “I was in third grade. I didn’t have a lot of friends. And it was my first foray into real science.”In high school, he was chosen for a highly competitive statewide summer program for gifted students, and a chest x-ray as part of a routine physical revealed a tumor the size of a baseball attached to his heart and extending to his lungs and thymus. “Based on where the tumor was, they thought it was a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma [NHL],” he says. “And NHL is 95% fatal. So it was pretty scary. But weeks later they discovered it was a different type of tumor, and benign.”As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Ding majored in public health and “fell in love with epidemiology.” The next stop was HSPH, where he stood out for wanting to do more than just take the next big step onto the academic ladder.“He has a strong passion for public health research and policy, which set him apart from others who were primarily interested in publishing papers in their specific area,” says Frank Hu, chair of the nutrition department at HSPH and one of Ding’s advisers. “He wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. And I think running for Congress speaks to that passion and to his dream.”Ding’s appetite for public health advocacy seems unlimited. While a postdoc at HSPH, he entered medical school at nearby Boston University with the help of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. But after a year he dropped out.“I thought I wanted to be a physician-scientist,” he recalls. “But I realized that my real passion was to be a changemaker. Life is short, and it’s about what you do, not the number of letters after your name.” He repaid the balance of the scholarship, and retained his ties to the family of billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros, several of whom have donated to his campaign.Ding returned to HSPH as an instructor and research scientist. But again, that wasn’t the only thing on his plate. He watched with amazement as his Campaign for Cancer Research grew to some 6 million users as a Facebook app before being absorbed by a new media company. He also began working with Microclinic International, a nonprofit working on global disease prevention and health management.After others sounded the alarm over lead poisoning in Flint, Ding used his skills in analyzing massive data sets to create ToxinAlert.org. “By the time a child is tested for lead poisoning, it’s already too late,” he explains. “The brain damage has already happened. So the only way to prevent it is to have a public alert system. And that’s why we aggregated data from USGS the U.S. Geological Survey] and EPA [the Environmental Protection Agency]—which is almost impossible to find, by the way—in one place, showing the water quality in that area.”Fighting for recognitionDing is married to Andrea Feigl-Ding, a health economist with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In 2015, after Feigl-Ding completed her Ph.D. from HSPH, Ding began reducing his workload there. By the fall of 2017, Ding had returned to central Pennsylvania to sniff out the possibility of running for Congress. A friend put him in touch with 314 Action, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania–based organization that helps scientists and engineers run for office, and Ding says the staff tutored him in what it would take. “They came down and coached me in person, spending days and weekends with me.”Their advice, he says, supplemented what he already knew from working on other political campaigns in the Boston area, and from friends who also decided to run for Congress in 2018. His network includes Daniel Koh, a young politico seeking an open House of Representatives seat in a heavily Democrat district in eastern Massachusetts, and Brayden Olson, a web entrepreneur who briefly sought the Democratic nomination for an open seat in Seattle, Washington.The key to victory in PA-10, Ding says, will be gaining sufficient name recognition in a four-way race of political novices. A win would also serve as a springboard for the November general election contest against Perry in a solidly Republican district.His 30-second ad that is airing on local TV addresses both those objectives. It starts with Ding, who is labeled “public health scientist” and shown in a lab, shaking a pillbox. He explains how he “fought to protect families” against drugs that “caused heart attacks and kidney failure.” Then he ends with a plea to viewers “to fight [U.S. President] Donald Trump.”*Correction, 9 May, 1 p.m.: This article has been updated to correct Ding’s age. The science vote Postdoc hopes Pennsylvania voters will help her re-engineer how to run for Congress By Jeffrey MervisMay. 9, 2018 , 9:00 AM Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidateslast_img read more

Controversy-marred World Series Hockey postponed till Feb 29

first_imgThe crisis engulfing the national game was finally resolved on Monday when organisers of World Series Hockey (WSH) decided to postpone the league till after the Olympic Qualifier.The WSH, organised by Nimbus Sport on behalf of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), was scheduled to be held from December 17 to January 22, but with Hockey India (HI) scheduling a national camp during that period, a clash between the two federations was on the cards.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recognises HI as the sole governing body for the game in the country and does not sanction the WSH.With HI making it clear that players missing the national camp will not be considered for selection, the Indian players were in a quandary as the WSH had offered them lucrative amounts.The Pakistan Hockey Federation had also asked its players to shun the WSH.However, with the league postponed till after the Qualifier, to be held in New Delhi from February 15-26, the players can now focus on ensuring that India does not miss out on the Olympics for the second consecutive edition.The WSH will now start on February 29, with the final on April 1. The decision was taken by the organisers on IHF’s request, but they claimed the players, coaches and match officials were committed to the event. IHF blamed HI for “intimidating” the players.”We are extremely saddened by the intimidation tactics adopted by HI to try and deprive Indian hockey players of an opportunity to earn a living from the sport of hockey,” IHF president RK Shetty said in a statement.advertisementHe alleged that HI changed its schedule to ensure that its camp clashed with WSH.”The original schedule for WSH was made on the basis that the national preparatory camp for the Olympic Qualifier was to start on January 24. This date was communicated by HI officials in writing to players in March.”Hi chose to reschedule the camp to December 11 with the obvious intention of disturbing the players and their preparation for WSH.  This rescheduling was done after the announcement of WSH dates,” Shetty said.He said the postponement was done in the players’ interest.”With the express intent of protecting our national players from further harassment from Hockey India, IHF has requested WSH to take the high ground and adjust the dates.”For all their bravado, it is a big setback for the WSH just days before its beginning. Several international players had already landed in the country. Nimbus had said that preparations were in the final stages. It is a blow to Nimbus, especially with the Indian cricket board terminating their contract for matches in the country. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also moved to probe alleged irregularities in their deals with the company.last_img read more

Ball-tampering scandal should not affect IPL 2018, feels Parthiv Patel

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) won’t lose its sheen in the absence of star Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner, feels wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel.Australian skipper Smith along with his deputy David Warner, both captains of Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) respectively, were banned for a year by Cricket Australia (CA) after the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal which rocked the sport.WATCHThe BCCI followed CA’s footsteps and banned the tainted pair from taking part in the cash-rich T20 league.”It’s unfortunate (ball tampering incident). But I feel the IPL is a big brand. It’s such a big tournament with a lot of young players and seniors have been around for years. A couple of incidents that has happened outside the IPL should not affect it,” Parthiv told reporters on the sidelines of an event here on Thursday.Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year each, Cameron Bancroft out for 9 monthsSmith was also stripped of the Australian captaincy for at least two years. Asked if the treatment meted out to him and Warner was too harsh, Parthiv said, “I don’t think I’m in a position to speak on what has happened. The ICC and CA have taken decisions.”Parthiv, who was roped in by the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for 1.7 crores in the auctions this time, said it’s great to be back with the franchise.”A lot has changed from where I was in 2014. (I am) coming with a lot of experience of winning the tournament (with Mumbai Indians),” he said.advertisementSteve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorry”My performance individually has been very good in last few IPLs, also in the domestic tournaments. Not many things will change for me. I’ve been working hard personally. Hopefully I will help the team to win the tournament,” said the 33-year-old who was part of India’s Test team and played the third Test in South Africa recently.”It’s exciting times for all the wicket-keepers,” Parthiv said when quizzed about the options Team India have at present with the likes of Dinesh Karthik also performing well and Wriddhiman Saha around as first-choice in Test cricket.”Look at the competition around, if one gets injured the other is always ready. There’s a line of wicketkeepers in Indian cricket at this point of time.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks down”It brings the best out of us, and we know it. Whoever is playing is capable enough to do well for India. Whoever is playing has to be on top of their game,” Parthiv said, adding competition is always good as it reflects the healthy state of the game in the country.”It’s not easy when you’re playing for India. The competition will always be there. As long as the competition is there, Indian cricket is in good shape.”Parthiv, who made his debut way back in 2002 at Nottingham against England, said keeping won’t be easy when the team travels there in the summer.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Kabaddi has all ingredients to become Olympic sport: Rathore

first_imgDubai, Jun 22 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said indigenous sport kabaddi has got all the ingredients to become an Olympic sport.Unveiling the first edition of Kabaddi Masters Dubai, Rathore said: Hopefully kabaddi will very soon become a global sport and we will see it emerge as a strong contender for an Olympic sport.The nine-day six-nation meet has participation from football-crazy Latin American nation Argentina who are competing at the international level only second time after the 2016 World Cup in Ahmedabad.Kenya are also making their international debut here.Kabaddi has got all the qualities to become an Olympic sport. It has got speed, agility, power and teamwork. Hopefully when kabaddi comes to Olympics we will clinch the first gold medal, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist said. PTI TAP BS BSBSlast_img read more

Video: Dabo Swinney Hit The Whip During Clemson’s Post-Game Dance Party

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers is dunked with Gatorade during the fourth quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Clemson picked up a massive win, knocking off Notre Dame at home on Saturday night, so you know head coach Dabo Swinney was ready to dance. After the game, and a very awkward post-game interview that was accidentally cut off by ESPN, Swinney got down in the locker room, swinging a towel and hitting the Whip. We cannot confirm whether or not he added in the Nae Nae as well.With the win, Clemson danced its way to sixth in both the AP and Coaches Polls this week. The Tigers look to be in very good position to make a run at an ACC Championship, with Florida State struggling in recent weeks.last_img read more

Now accepting entries Canadian Journalism Foundations 2017 awards program

first_imgAdvertisement CJF-Globe and Mail Internship for Investigative Journalism *NEWThis new internship will bring an early-career journalist to The Globe and Mail to pursue a six-month long investigative journalism project—focussed on public accountability, corporate responsibility and government funding—under the guidance of editors and senior reporters.The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the intern to stretch his or her investigative journalism skills with the help of some of the country’s best reporters and editors.Read the award details.CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in JournalismThis award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. There are two winners, one for large media and one for small. Read the award details.CJF Innovation AwardAt a time when news organizations face unprecedented challenges, this award recognizes innovations that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality and viability of journalism. The winner will receive $10,000, with thanks to sponsor Chevrolet. Read the award details.Lifetime Achievement AwardThe award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others. We encourage nominations from all categories of journalism. Read the award details.CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism FellowshipsThese fellowships allow two Indigenous journalists early in their careers (one to 10 years of experience) to explore issues of interest while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Centre in Winnipeg. A stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation costs, and a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses will be covered by the CJF. Thank you to RBC Foundation and CN, and individual donors Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary governor, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of these fellowships. Read the award details.The Landsberg AwardIn partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, this award recognizes a working journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women’s equality issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Read the award details.Greg Clark AwardThis award is unique in Canadian journalism, designed to offer early-career journalists (one to five years of experience) a chance to gain insight and meet key decision-makers on their beats. The successful applicant will get an opportunity to spend up to a week observing the inner workings of an organization not usually accessible to the working journalist. This award is generously supported by Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star. Read the award details.All recipients will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards (#CJFawards) at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 8. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until March 31.About The Canadian Journalism FoundationEstablished in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada’s top newsmakers meet Canada’s top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers’ series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment To celebrate and honour excellence in journalism across the country, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) welcomes submissions for its 2017 awards program. The awards recognize journalistic achievements of both individuals and news organizations, and provide unique opportunities for those early in their careers. The deadline for all awards is Feb. 24, 2017.“The CJF’s annual awards recognize the contributions and achievements of news organizations large and small—and both young and veteran journalists—in carrying on Canada’s tradition of great journalism that informs, engages and challenges audiences, helping to build a better democracy and country in the process,” says Christopher Waddell, chair of the CJF awards committee and associate professor with Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.The awards now open for submissions are: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

UN offers online courses to boost cancer treatment in developing nations

To bridge the gap in developing countries where there is a shortage of cancer specialists, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped spearhead a web-based course on radiation oncology.Radiotherapy plays a positive role in treating nearly half of all cancer patients, as cancer rates continue to climb in poorer nations.The course contains 80 training modules classified into eight different topics, and the materials are expected to complement the training that radiation oncologists receive through their formal education in their respective countries.This initiative is part of an IAEA programme involving 17 Member States in the Asia-Pacific region, and the material for the course – entitled “Applied Sciences of Oncology Distance Learning” – was developed by an Australian organization. 5 January 2010To bridge the gap in developing countries where there is a shortage of cancer specialists, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped spearhead a web-based course on radiation oncology. read more

His name was Connor Mackay He died of a suspected fentanyl overdose

WOODSTOCK – His name was Connor Mackay. He died Monday of a suspected fentanyl overdose in Woodstock. He was only 17 years old.In the latest painful example of Southwestern Ontario’s deepening drug epidemic, Mackay, a one-time College Avenue secondary school student, was treated for a suspected fentanyl overdose starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. He died two days later, and police said their probe into his death was ongoing Tuesday.Woodstock police hadn’t publicly named Mackay as the overdose victim, but Postmedia confirmed his identity with loved ones.In addition to the Mackay case, Woodstock police were also called to help five other people suspected of overdosing on fentanyl (but surviving) over the weekend – part an eruption over the past few days across the region that may be linked to what officers warned could be an “extremely toxic” batch of the drug.In Brantford, just a half-hour east along Highway 403, there were also six suspected fentanyl overdoses – three of them fatal – over the weekend, too.Police say it’s possible drug users believed they were taking one drug, but were in fact ingesting something else. There were also reports of overdoses in Norfolk County, Ingersoll, Sarnia and Stratford. Officials are working with each other to see if the incidents are somehow connected. Tuesday, officials with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which oversees London and Middlesex County, announced they were aware of 16 drug overdoses just on Monday and Tuesday. The region’s top public health official, Chris Mackie, called that spike “truly alarming.” Added London police Chief John Pare: “The fact is that it is impossible to know what is in street drugs, which makes it critical for those who use drugs to have a safety plan. If you suspect an overdose, it is critical to call for help immediately.” A highly addictive opioid pain medication, fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than heroin; a related drug, carfentanyl, is 5,000 times more potent. Both drugs have been blamed for fuelling the deadly opioid crisis in Canada that killed 1,053 in Ontario between January and October 2017, compared with 694 during the same time period the previous year, according to government statistics. But the death of a teenager like Mackay is shocking, even amid that epidemic. It has some officials reiterating the need for drug users to be aware of the risks they’re taking. “Everyone has to be safe,” said Woodstock police Staff Sgt. Marcia Shelton. “Making sure they report any suspected early signs of overdose is important, being educated, having a (naxolone, or overdose-antidote) kit handy. “You can go to a pharmacy and get one, no questions asked. We have the resources in the community. If people want help, the resources are out there.” When police confiscate drugs following arrests, they send the supply to Health Canada for testing. A report released in December by Southwestern Public Health, which oversees Oxford and Elgin counties, looked at the treatment services available in Oxford County as opioid use across Canada has grown. It stated there are 114 unique opioid treatment services in Oxford provided by 50 individual organizations.In recent months, Oxford County has seen plenty of cases involving fentanyl. Oxford OPP arrested an Ingersoll man Jan. 10 with possession of blue fentanyl, methamphetamine and hydromorphone. In late January, Woodstock police arrested a pair of men after they seized about $24,000 worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine.But it’s not exactly new, even if it’s becoming more alarming. In 2016, a Norwich waitress, 32-year-old Carolyn de Wit, died in her restaurant after using fentanyl. The drug dealer who supplied it – William Knapp, the husband of de Wit’s cousin – was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal negligence causing death in the landmark prosecution.This week, OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk was blunt in a warning to drug users.“People are truly rolling the dice when they use any illegal drugs. Any time you use fentanyl, there is that possibility of death.”OPIOID USE IN OXFORD COUNTYEmergency room visits for opioid overdoses2015: 212016: 392017: 722018: 58Emergency department visits and hospitalizations for suspected overdoses2017: 2862018: 3422019: 100Naloxone kits distributed through pharmacies2016: 692017: 3802018: 2,343Opioid-related hospitalizations2015: 152016: 212017: 222018: 10Opioid-related deaths2015: 42016: 72017: 92018: 5-Southwestern Public Healthgcolgan@postmedia.com read more

Fighting international crime is key to sustainable development UN official says

Speaking at the opening of the 22nd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna, Austria, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov warned that uninterrupted criminal activities could ultimately affect the achievement of the 2015 anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in those countries which needed improvement the most. “We know that weak and fragile states, especially those damaged by conflict, are more vulnerable to drugs and crime,” Mr. Fedotov said. “And we know that crime undermines sustainable development, hinders access to education and employment, and drives away foreign and domestic investors.” He noted that an international consensus was steadily emerging for the rule of law to be integrated into the post-2015 MDG agenda in what would be a crucial move for promoting development. “We must take advantage of this to ensure that our work in the area of rule of law and justice is properly aligned to sustainable social and economic development.”Returning to the issue of international crime, the UN crime chief stated that UNODC was continuing to confront new and emerging crimes as well as existing ones that were taking on new, lucrative forms throughout the world. In particular, Mr. Fedotov pointed to the growth of fraudulent medicines, terrorism, human trafficking and the illegal trade in wildlife, small arms and cultural artefacts. “Interrupting the flow of crime proceeds is a necessity,” he continued. “We cannot allow the criminals and their networks to prosper from their crimes or to fund other illicit activities.”Mr. Fedotov underscored the UNODC’s ongoing efforts in combating global criminal networks through its seven regional programmes, announcing the creation of three new programmes to be launched in the Caribbean, South Asia and Southern Africa.“Regional programmes offer a delivery system for crime prevention and criminal justice activities to be mainstreamed into areas such as development, security, and governance,” he said. read more

Brock students step into the gaming world with two new releases

Student Cory Sherman shows off Flint and BURT: Astro City Homicide.The year is 2060. The world is dark and gloomy. There’s a technological depression and even worse, there’s been a murder and the killer is at large.That’s the premise of a new video game, Flint and BURT: Astro City Homicide, developed by 12 Brock University students who have taken the game from conception to finished product in just seven months. The PC game, which follows a detective and his sidekick robot, will debut on Wednesday, April 20 with a launch at the Red Hot Chili Pepper in downtown St. Catharines.The talent of the student game developers in Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) program shows that Niagara has enough talent to be a future new media hub, said Prof. Bill Ralph, who taught the 4F00 course that resulted in the game.Jessica Trunk and Andrew Greenizan display a promotional poster for Psychosis.“The fact that they have the game functioning at this level in this short amount of time is amazing,” Ralph said. “Every person, every speck of colour, and every texture was created by the students. If you see a raindrop, somebody made that raindrop.”The students came up with the dark, futuristic concept. The scenes include outdoor rainstorms and a lavish apartment looking out over a nighttime cityscape. Drama students, professors and members of the team did the voices. The students, who call themselves Little Room Games, are the second group to graduate from IASC’s digital media program.The game gives the students a portfolio piece as they pursue careers in video game development.“It gives us a chance to use what’s in the industry right now, and we can show potential employers what we’ve done,” said student game designer Cory Sherman.Another group of students in the IASC 3F00 course debuted their game Psychosis with a downtown St. Catharines launch on April 15.Student Guillermo Chevez works on Psychosis.Psychosis takes the player on a maze-like journey through the mind of a woman who has just suffered an earthquake. The group of 16 students has also put in hundreds of hours since September.Psychosis will help students embark on future careers in the gaming industry, said Jessica Trunk, who co-managed the project with fellow third-year student Andrew Greenizan.“Getting into game design is not an easy path by any stretch of the imagination,” she said. “If we can get experience at school, then we definitely have a huge jump on the competition.”The presentation of Flint and BURT will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1 St. Paul St.Screenshots for Flint and BURT: 1 | 2 read more

No 2 Wisconsin too much for the Ohio State womens hockey team

Junior forward Claudia Kepler (24) looks to pass the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (9-20-1, 5-18-1) was swept in a home series by the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (28-1-1, 22-1-1) over the weekend despite putting up a battle in both games against one of the nation’s elite teams.Heading into the series, the Buckeyes were on their best four-game stretch of the season after recording two wins, a tie and a loss over their last two series.This was the second series between the Badgers and Buckeyes this season. The two teams played in the first conference series of the season in Madison, Wisconsin, in early October. Wisconsin outscored OSU 15-0 over those two games.This time around, the Buckeyes showcased their improved play despite losing both contests by scores of 2-1 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.In Game 1, the Buckeyes held with the conference leaders throughout the first period but allowed a late power-play goal with less than two minutes remaining in the period. The goal for the Badgers was scored by junior defenseman Jenny Ryan.Both teams continued to battle in the second and third periods, and the Badgers broke through with a goal from sophomore Annie Pankowski to double their lead.The Buckeyes were able to find the net against the country’s best defense when junior Claudia Kepler scored her 12th goal of the season about halfway through the period. However, that was all the scoring the home team could manage despite a late power-play opportunity, and the game ended with Wisconsin taking the 2-1 win.On Saturday, in an emotionally charged contest, neither the Badgers nor Buckeyes were able to break through offensively in the first period. The Buckeyes got out to a slow offensive start with only two shots in the period, but sophomore goalie Alex LaMere was able to block all 12 of the Wisconsin shots to keep the game goalless.Four minutes into the second period, however, sophomore forward Baylee Wellhausen broke through to give the Badgers a one-goal lead. Then, a little over a minute into the third period, the Badgers got their second goal of the game when freshman Sam Cogan beat LaMere, sealing the 2-0 win.OSU will look to rediscover its ability to put points on the scoreboard when it travels to Bemidji State University next weekend to take on the Beavers in its final away series of the regular season. The games are scheduled to begin on Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Saturday at 5:07 p.m.A request for comments from the team after the second game of the weekend was denied. read more

Wealth to acquire interest in Seven Salars lithium project in Chile

first_imgWealth Minerals Ltd has executed a binding letter agreement, whereby Wealth or a Chilean subsidiary of Wealth has been granted the option and right to acquire 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of San Antonio Sociedad Contractual Minera and a 24.5% beneficial interest in certain exploration and exploitation mining concessions that comprise the Salares 7 lithium project. This is a lithium brine asset portfolio currently owned 50% by Talison Lithium and 50% by San Antonio and has a total area of 39,400 ha located over seven salars in Region II, northern Chile.“The Seven Salars Project is one of the most important large-scale lithium brine projects in Chile. The property includes the Salar de La Isla, believed by many to be Chile’s second largest lithium deposit and where 68 shallow drill hole samples returned an average lithium grade of 863 mg/l,” stated Hendrik Van Alphen, CEO, Wealth Minerals, Canada.Talison acquired its 50% interest in the project in 2010 and completed drill testing in 2011, but since then the project has not moved forward.Marcelo Awad, Executive Director, Wealth Chile, “Wealth will bring a new dynamic to the ownership structure and the company will be working diligently with the owners, allowing the project to realize its real potential. As a Chilean mining executive, I am pleased to help Chile become the dominant global lithium producer in the new green economy and I believe Seven Salars is one of the most geologically advanced new lithium projects in the country”Several work programs have been completed on the property. A regional geochemistry study of salars in Regions I, II and III of northern Chile was undertaken by a combination of government and non-government agencies between 1995 and 1999. The work covered, but was not limited to, the Seven Salars project. Surface water sampling of springs and lagoons was completed and the results demonstrated widespread occurrences of anomalous lithium and potassium in surface lagoons and ponds, including a maximum value of 1,080 mg/l Li at Salar de La Isla.  Anomalous values were also recorded from a number of springs feeding these salars, although results were generally below 50 mg/l.Confirmatory sampling was undertaken by Taigo Consultants in 2009 as part of a review of the Salares 7 project. A total of 25 surface water samples were collected from lagoons along the boundaries of, or springs flowing into, five of the seven salars.  Results in general confirmed the results of the earlier regional survey.  Taiga recommended the use of geophysical surveys to locate high salinity sub-surface brines, followed by a drilling and sampling program to define the lithium and potassium content of the brine deposits.Between 2010 and 2011, Talison completed Transient Electromagnetic (TEM) geophysical surveys, surface brine sampling and exploration drilling on the Property and TEM geophysical surveys were completed over five salars of the seven salars. The TEM method can provide an indication of basin geometry, continuity of hydrogeological units, geological structures and the presence of brine versus fresh groundwater.  Results identified a number of zones of high salinity and it appears that recent sediments have overlapped onto the salars in places, with brine extends beyond the current salar shore lines.  The results of the TEM survey indicate that the depth of the salars may exceed 200 m.Approximately 200 surface brine samples were collected and analyzed in the Talison Greenbushes Laboratory following routine QA/QC protocols. During sample collection a range of physical measurements were made on the brine including temperature, conductivity and pH.  Analytical results from Salar de La Isla indicate a wide range of lithium concentrations with a maximum value of 1,080mg/l.Thirty-four (34) drill holes totaling 562m were completed with a sonic drill in 2011. Twenty-seven (27) holes were drilled in Salar de La Isla and seven holes in Salar de Las Parinas.  The holes were continuously cored and 92 brine samples were collected.  Drill hole locations were sited around the margins of the two salars.The maximum drill depth in Salar de La Isla was 43.5 m and the average depth was 16 m. Analyses of brine samples obtained during the drilling program indicate lithium concentrations range from 220 mg/l to a maximum of 1,080mg/l; the average lithium concentration of 68 samples was 863 mg/l. The average Mg/Li ratio was 6.6.  Potassium concentrations ranged from 1,960 mg/l to a maximum of 9,830 mg/l; the average potassium concentration was 7,979 mg/l.The maximum drill depth in Salar de Las Parinas was 33 m and the average depth was 22m. Lithium concentrations ranged from 260 mg/l to a maximum of 480 mg/l, with an average of 331 mg/l.  The average Mg/Li ratio was 11.  Potassium concentrations ranged from 4,440 mg/l to a maximum of 8,210 mg/l, with an average of 5,650 mg/l.The property also includes a land package within the Maricunga Salar, adjacent to concessions in the salar currently under exploration by Lithium Power International and Bearing Resources. Earlier in 2017, Chilean state mining company Codelco announced the formation of a lithium production subsidiary with the goal to advance development of the Maricunga Salar.The other salars in the property have varying degrees of historical work completed, including surface samples, water samples and geophysical surveys. The most significant of these is three brine samples on Salar de Aquilar, which returned lithium concentrations between 257 mg/l and 337 mg/l, as well as potassium concentrations between 2,910mg/l and 3,990 mg/l.With this transaction, Wealth now has option interests in 16 salars and the properties have an aggregate area of 110,604 ha. The company is now positioned as one of the largest holders of lithium property interests in Chile.Talison is a leading global producer of lithium with projects in Western Australia and Chile. Production from its Greenbushes project in Australia accounts for approximately 40% of global production.  Talison is owned by Tianqi Lithium (51%) and by Albemarle Corp (49%).  Talison’s operating partner is Albemarle who is also one of only two current lithium producers in Chile and who is producing from the Atacama Salar, where Wealth has a significant land position.Albemarle is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine, refining catalysts and applied surface treatments.Tianqi Lithium is a leading global supplier of lithium products, with major businesses including lithium resource development and exploitation, downstream production processing and trade for a diverse range of high quality lithium products including mineral concentrates.Wealth is a mineral resource company with interests in Canada, Mexico, Peru and Chile. The Company’s main focus is the acquisition of lithium projects in South America.  To date, the company has positioned itself to develop the Aguas Calientes Norte, Pujsa and Quisquiro Salars in Chile (the Trinity project), as well as to work alongside existing producers in the prolific Atacama Salar, in addition to the Laguna Verde lithium project acquisition.  The company has also positioned itself to play a role in asset consolidation in Chile with the Five Salars Project.last_img read more

Le PDG de SFR victime collatérale de Free Mobile

first_imgLe PDG de SFR victime collatérale de Free Mobile ?Franck Esser, qui dirige l’opérateur de téléphonie mobile depuis 2000, pourrait payer la fuite de 200.000 abonnés vers le groupe de Xavier Niel.Décidément, l’arrivée de Free Mobile dans la galaxie des opérateurs est en train de changer considérablement la donne dans le secteur. Après qu’Orange ait menacé le nouvel arrivant aux dents longues de supprimer son itinérance sur son réseau, c’est désormais du côté de SFR que l’on s’active. Le Figaro explique ainsi que Franck Esser, le PDG du deuxième opérateur français en poste depuis 2000 pourrait tout simplement être démis de ses fonctions. À lire aussiNuméros illimités : 183 millions d’euros d’amende pour Orange et SFRUn départ dont on ne sait s’il est volontaire ou forcé mais qui n’est sans doute pas sans rapport avec la perte de 200.000 abonnés au profit de Free Mobile.D’ailleurs, le quotidien explique que SFR réfléchissait “non seulement à baisser les tarifs, mais à réorganiser ses offres marketing, repenser son modèle économique et son organisation”. L’opérateur a déjà prévu une baisse de 12 à 15% de son résultat brut d’exploitation en 2012.Le 26 mars 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hearst Prez November Cosmo Sold 450000 More Copies Than a Year Ago

first_imgDuring her keynote yesterday at the WWD Media + Style Summit, Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines, was not only refreshingly blunt (“I think we’ve all stopped lying to each other” she said of the state magazine business); she was refreshingly, if cautiously, optimistic about the future of print, telling the audience (the most attractive, sweetest smelling of any magazine conference I’ve ever attended, by the way) that the November issue of Cosmopolitan sold some 450,000 more copies than it did a year ago.“Why the enormous bump?” I asked Black afterwards. “I don’t know,” she said. “We had Lauren Conrad—“L.C.”—on the cover [with the coverline “Bad Girl Sex”]. Someone told me during tough times, people want more sex, maybe?”Perhaps. Although, as an astute FOLIO: reader points out, might it have something to do with all of those exiled CosmoGirl! readers? About that, Black said: “It broke my heart to lay off 50 or 60 people” at CosmoGirl!, which closed in October. “Advertisers walked away from the teen market” in print, “and I think that’s crazy.”last_img read more

Harris County Looks At Digging Storm Water Tunnels To Reduce Flood Risk

first_img Share Andrew SchneiderMidtown Houston, Sunday morning, August 27, 2017Could tunnels under Houston help reduce the risk of flooding during major rain storms? That’s the question Harris County hopes to answer. The county commissioners approved a study to determine whether building such large storm water tunnels is feasible.The tunnels would range from 30 to 40 feet in diameter. Construction would have to dig 100 to 200 feet down, cutting through everything from clay to sand.Why so deep? “Unfortunately, our land is very flat here,” says Russ Poppe, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, “and one of my requirements for making sure this is going to work is these tunnels have to work without the need for pumps during a rain event. They have to work by gravity.”The study aims to determine whether such a project is doable with today’s technology and, if so, how much it would cost. Poppe says building such tunnels in other parts of the country has cost up to $100 million per mile.last_img read more