World Breastfeeding Week

first_imgNova Scotia mothers are getting encouragement to start breastfeeding and to stay with it as a result of a provincial breastfeeding policy that is celebrating its first anniversary. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection and the Department of Health released the provincial breastfeeding policy in October, 2005. The policy supports efforts in district health authorities, including hospitals and public health services, as well as family resource centres and other community organizations. “Encouraging women to breastfeed and supporting their decision will ultimately increase the health of Nova Scotians,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. The anniversary of Nova Scotia’s breastfeeding policy comes as Canada celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, Sunday, Oct. 1, to Saturday, Oct. 7. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week focuses on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which the provincial breastfeeding policy supports. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for babies until they are six months of age. With appropriate introduction of solid foods at six months, breastfeeding can continue to two years and beyond. Breastfeeding is proven to have a positive effect on children’s overall health, with lower risks of infectious diseases, obesity, allergies, asthma, diabetes and other chronic diseases later in life. Breastfeeding also has benefits for mothers, with decreased risk of certain cancers and faster return to their pre-pregnancy weight. As a result of funding from Health Promotion and Protection to support Healthy Eating Nova Scotia’s breastfeeding initiatives, many district health authorities have identified priorities at a local level to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. Many districts have revitalized their local Breastfeeding and Baby Friendly Initiative committees. Some have begun to develop peer support lines for breastfeeding mothers, based on the success of a Yarmouth initiative. Moms who have breastfed volunteer to encourage mothers who are new to breastfeeding. Research suggests that peer support is successful in encouraging mothers to start and continue to breastfeed. Peer support complements the efforts of hospitals, public health services and other community organizations. “We are proud to be the second province in Canada to adopt a provincial breastfeeding policy. We will continue our efforts to promote breastfeeding as the normal and healthiest infant feeding method. After all, breastfeeding is the first step in a lifetime of healthy eating,” said Mr. Barnet.last_img read more

Province Supports the Creation of a Hockey Heritage Centre

first_imgThe Town of Windsor will soon be the hockey destination in the province. MLA Chuck Porter, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac, today, April 15, announced a $200,000 provincial investment in Hockeyland, an International Hockey Heritage Centre in Windsor. “The history of hockey runs long and deep in Windsor, so this is the perfect community for such a centre,” said Mr. Porter. “The government of Nova Scotia is committed to investing in rural communities. This hockey heritage centre will be terrific for hockey fans throughout the region and the world, attracting upwards of 150,000 visitors each year.” The nearly 40,000-square-foot centre will be a one-of-a-kind entertainment complex that preserves the history, evolution and culture of hockey. A 10-metre-high galleria atrium will emphasize the game’s international impact through interactive exhibits and an interpretive centre, and feature women and African Canadians in hockey. “We are pleased the province is investing in this dynamic hockey heritage centre,” says Wayne Russell, chair, Hockeyland board of directors and past president, Hockey Canada. “Hockeyland will allow visitors to experience Nova Scotia’s passion for a game the world has come to love.” Ron MacLean, host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Coaches’ Corner, Mike McPhee, NHL Stanley Cup Winner and NHL all-star, and Therese Brisson, Canada’s national women’s hockey team veteran and two-time Olympic medal winner are some of the hockey enthusiasts who sit on the Hockeyland board of directors. Also included are Hockey Canada board of governors, the Town of Windsor, the Municipality of West Hants, the MacDonnell Group, Bristol Group, RPM Productions, CanWest Global and Transcontinental Media. The Hockeyland board of directors will seek private-sector sponsorships for construction and operation. Corporate partnerships and team donations are also encouraged at www.hockeyland.ca/home.html .last_img read more

Deepika takes a jibe at Salmans view on depression

first_imgNew Delhi: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has taken a jibe at superstar Salman Khan for his comment not long ago that he could not “afford the luxury to be depressed”. Deepika had openly spoken about her ordeal with clinical depression in 2015, and has actively been campaigning against the malaise since then. In a recent interview, she took on Salman, without naming him, insisting that depression was not a choice, so it should not be seen as a luxury. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “People confuse it with being a bit sad. A male star said recently that he didn’t have the luxury to be depressed. As if, depression is a choice!” Deepika said, talking to “Vogue” magazine. “The word that best describes my experience of depression is struggle. Every second was a struggle. I felt exhausted the whole time,” Deepika furthered explained. According to reports, Salman, last year, had said: “I see a lot of people getting depressed and emotional, but I can’t afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional because no matter what I am going through, it works against me.” On the occasion of World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2015, Deepika started the Live Love Laugh Foundation to create awareness about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma surrounding them.last_img read more

BlackBerrys accounted for only 3 of smartphones used in Canada at end

first_imgTORONTO – Somewhat reluctantly, Athar Afzal finally gave up on BlackBerry earlier this year.He was a longtime fan of the iconic Canadian phone brand but his company forced employees who weren’t already using iPhones to transition over. He was ready to make the change though, having grown fed up with the slowness of his aging BlackBerry Priv.According to online measurement firm comScore, there aren’t many holdouts left in Canada still using a BlackBerry.BlackBerrys accounted for only three per cent of the smartphones used in Canada at the end of last year, says comScore.A decade ago, the BlackBerry brand was at its peak — but about to experience a precipitous decline with the release of the first iPhone and the subsequent unveiling of the Google Android platform. In 2016, after years of failing to stem market share losses, BlackBerry announced a monumental change in strategy. The company’s new focus would be on software and it would no longer make phones, although partnerships with other hardware makers kept the brand alive.“They never kept up with the times,” Afzal lamented. “They just sold it on the keyboard.”Piotr Makuch also gave up on his BlackBerry Priv recently and switched to an iPhone.“I wouldn’t say I’m an absolute die-hard but I certainly appreciated a lot of the things that they do and I’ve always enjoyed my BlackBerry devices,” he said.“I’d never had an iPhone before and I appreciate that for all the limitations in terms of its customizability, with anything I run everything just works smoothly and nicely. And that’s a nice change from the Priv which would kind of chug when I tried to launch apps sometimes.”Afzal said a lack of operating system updates for his Priv left him frustrated as his device just got slower and slower. And while he appreciated that the device was marketed around data security, he found the software was unreasonably sluggish.“Every time you had to restart your BlackBerry it would take (up to) five minutes because it would go through all the security settings again. So from a functionality perspective, it would take forever, and it ended up becoming a nuisance actually,” Afzal said.But there are some BlackBerry loyalists who still remain faithful to the brand and hopeful for the future.Last year, Chinese company TCL released the well-reviewed KeyOne, which had the trademark BlackBerry keyboard, and it’s set to unveil the Key2 next month. A teaser ad promotes the phone with the tagline “an icon reborn.” TCL is one of the companies BlackBerry licensed its brand to.Makuch said he’s still open to getting another BlackBerry down the road, as long as it’s priced reasonably and not competing with a top-of-the-line iPhone.“I think about that keyboard all the time,” he said. “I really wish the phones were priced better.”last_img read more

Montreal home sales rise for a 50th straight month gaining 11 per

Montreal’s real estate market remained on fire in April with residential home sales increasing 11 per cent from a year ago.Quebec’s real estate broker association says home sales in metropolitan Montreal marked the 50th consecutive monthly increase in sales, rising to 5,973 units.All six areas of the Montreal area increased, led by an 18 per cent increase in the south shore, while the Island of Montreal grew six per cent.Condominium sales shot up 17 per cent, plexes with two to five units were up 12 per cent and single-family homes grew six per cent.The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers says the median price of single family home increased four per cent to $330,000, condominiums were up six per cent to $260,000 and plexes rose eight per cent to $540,000.The Canadian Press read more

Worlds poorest can bank on UN support SecretaryGeneral says

7 October 2008The world’s poorest people can count on the United Nations and its Member States to support them, despite the current crisis engulfing financial markets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “Everyone has felt the earthquake on Wall Street. But it has not shaken our resolve,” Mr. Ban told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, where he held the first in a series of regular monthly press conferences. “Banks may be failing. But the world’s bottom billion can bank on us.”The Secretary-General said he was heartened that world leaders had pledged during two high-level meetings at the UN last month – one on African development needs and the other on progress towards the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – to give $16 billion towards assisting the poor.“The generosity of these commitments is most encouraging, given the economic climate. It means the world is not forgetting the needs of the world’s poorest people, notwithstanding the prospect of harder times.“It means that, for all the obstacles, we have a good chance of meeting our Millennium Development Goals by 2015. I urge world leaders to honour these pledges.”During the General Assembly’s annual General Debate, held last month, numerous world leaders warned that the financial crisis should not be used as an excuse to renege on pledges or reduce commitments to aid and other forms of official development assistance (ODA).Member States also called for renewed efforts to try to achieve a breakthrough in the so-called Doha round of trade liberalization talks, which have stalled, stressing that a deal was vital to help poorer countries to deal not only with the financial crisis, but the combined effects of rising food and fuel prices and climate change.Mr. Ban said he had held some 125 bilateral meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the General Debate, and that the financial crisis was on the top of the agenda of most of those meetings.He added that he would again discuss the issue on 24 October when he convenes the Chief Executives Board (CEB), the forum that brings together the heads of all UN agencies and programmes, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).In response to questions from journalists, he said he agreed with suggestions that the G-8 bloc of industrialized countries be expanded to deal with the financial crisis. read more

Deciphering Quadrigas finances extraordinary challenge — with no apparent accounting records

Piecing together the financial picture of one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has proven to be a unique challenge.According to a court-appointed monitor for QuadrigaCX, the company does not have accounting records available to it and did not “systematically” track incoming and outgoing payments. It also does not have a bank account in its name.Those circumstances have come to light as part of Quadriga’s filing for creditor protection, which came after the company found itself unable to track down millions of dollars in cryptocurrency following the sudden death of its founder and CEO.The unique circumstances, lack of financial reporting resources and absence of historical accounting information has caused this to be a challenging processErnst & Young One of the duties of Quadriga’s monitor, Ernst & Young, is to review and comment on its cash flows. That posed an issue, according to EY’s pre-filing report.Gerald Cotten, CEO and Founder of Quadriga CX “The Applicants’ treasury and accounting systems either do not exist or are not capable of recording and producing even the most basic of accounting summaries for the proposed monitor to review and comment upon,” the monitor said in the Jan. 31 report, which was only recently published online as part of Quadriga’s legal proceedings.EY said it would set up a trust bank account in its name to receive funds and make payments approved by Quadriga, such as fees owed to lawyers. It also said it would account for those receipts and disbursements throughout the proceedings.Quadriga had a request for protection from creditors approved on Tuesday by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. The company said it ran into liquidity issues after trying for weeks, without success, to locate “very significant cryptocurrency reserves” and to find a financial institution that would accept bank drafts owed to it.“Since we were unable to resolve these issues in a timely fashion, we did not want trading to continue on our platform,” the company’s website said on Tuesday. “We filed for creditor protection to help resolve these matters and preserve the interests of our customers.”The plight of the company and its customers has grabbed headlines worldwide, reigniting concerns around corporate governance and regulation of cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency companies. A sudden death, an encrypted laptop and the missing wallets with $250M worth of cryptocurrency Founder of cryptocurrency exchange Quadriga filed a will 12 days before his sudden death Quadriga granted stay while it hunts for $250 million in missing cryptocurrency and cash “The nature, cumulative claim value and number of affected stakeholders, combined with challenges associated with gaining access to the Affected Funds, the limited accounting resources of the Applicants and efforts required to locate the Missing Coins for the benefit of the Applicants’ stakeholders, presents an extraordinary set of case facts,” EY noted.According to the monitor, Quadriga owes approximately 92,000 users around $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency. One user is said to have a claim of approximately $70 million.“With an inability to access the affected funds and funds held by third party processors, and locate and/or access the missing coins, the applicants are insolvent on a balance sheet and going-concern basis,” EY said.Sorting through Quadriga’s financials has apparently taken some doing.“The applicants do not have bank account(s) in their name,” EY said in its report. “Furthermore, the proposed monitor has been advised that the applicants do not have accounting systems or accounting records available to it.”Directions to release payments through payment processing companies used by Quadriga had been given by the firm’s late founder and CEO, Gerald Cotten, who was “the controlling mind of the business,” EY said.“The proposed monitor is advised that Mr. Cotten’s payment instructions were typically issued via e-mail,” EY’s report stated. “The applicants did not have an accounting group and payment inflows and outflows were not systematically tracked.”An affidavit sworn by Jennifer Robertson, Cotten’s widow, said the CEO had used an encrypted laptop computer to run the business. Robertson said she did not know the password or the recovery key for the laptop and has not been able to find them.“Despite repeated and diligent searches, I have not been able to find (the passwords) written down anywhere,” Robertson said in the affidavit, which indicated that the 30-year-old Cotten unexpectedly died in India in December due to complications from Crohn’s disease.A court document shows he left all his assets to his wife and made her the executor to his estate, according to his last signed will and testament on Nov. 27, 2018.The exchange founder’s will outlines numerous assets he held, including several properties in Nova Scotia and in Kelowna, British Columbia, a 2017 Lexus, an airplane, a Jeanneau 51 yacht and his pet chihuahuas, Nitro and Gully. He also left his frequent flier points and reward points to Robertson. He held accounts with Bank of Montreal and Canadian Tire.Robertson said she had retained an expert to help with recovering any relevant information, with “some limited success” in recovering cryptocurrency or information from Cotten’s cell phones and other computer, “but not yet from the main computer he used to conduct business.”EY said it would try to retain “cryptocurrency forensic advisors” to help with tracking down the missing bitcoin and otherwise.Quadriga also prepared a statement of weekly projected cash flow up to April 28, EY noted, which was based on assumptions about future events.“Furthermore, notwithstanding the proposed monitor’s efforts to review and assess the cash flow forecast for reasonability, the unique circumstances, lack of financial reporting resources and absence of historical accounting information has caused this to be a challenging process,” EY said.The monitor stressed that Quadriga had shown “diligence and good faith in pursuing these CCAA proceedings.”Meantime, the company plans on looking at all the options available to it to meet its obligations to users, including a possible sale of its trading platform. EY said Quadriga had been approached by “certain parties” who were interested in buying the exchange.“Discussions with these parties have not been advanced given the uncertainty facing the Company,” the filing said. “However, the applicants intend to aggressively pursue such negotiations post-filing with the assistance of the proposed monitor.”• Email: gzochodne@nationalpost.com | Twitter: With files from Bloomberg/Reuters read more

Drugmaker Pfizers 4Q net plunges on charges sales decline but it beats

by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 6:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drugmaker Pfizer’s 4Q net plunges on charges, sales decline, but it beats analyst expectations FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2012 file photo, boxes of the drug Relpax, made by Pfizer, are displayed in Surfside, Fla. Pfizer reports quarterly results before the market open on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) Drugmaker Pfizer’s fourth-quarter profit plunged 59 per cent because of discontinued operations, restructuring and other charges, and generic competition continuing to bleed sales of former blockbuster medicines.Despite those pressures and unfavourable currency exchange rates reducing revenue by 3 per cent, Pfizer easily topped Wall Street’s expectations.New York-based Pfizer’s stock rose 85 cents, or 2.9 per cent, to $30.51 in afternoon trading.The world’s second-biggest drugmaker said Tuesday that net income fell to $2.57 billion, or 39 cents per share, from $6.32 billion, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, Pfizer said income would have been 56 cents per share. Analysts expected 52 cents.Net income was reduced by the animal health business spinoff last year and the sale of Pfizer’s nutrition business in late 2012.Revenue totalled $13.56 billion, down 2 per cent. Analysts expected $13.36 billion.Sales of primary care drugs fell 10 per cent to $3.44 billion, mainly on generic competition for Viagra in Europe and for cholesterol fighter Lipitor.Lipitor, the world’s top-selling drug until U.S. generic competition hit two years ago, now faces cheaper copycats in Europe and Australia, too. Those smaller revenues were shifted to the established products unit, where sales edged up 2 per cent to $2.42 billion.Specialty drug sales dropped 7 per cent to $3.4 billion, on generic competition overseas for two other drugs. Meanwhile, royalties from immune disorder drug Enbrel fell as Pfizer’s co-promotion deal winds down.The bright spot was Pfizer’s fledgling cancer drug business, up 26 per cent to $468 million.But Pfizer’s new clot-preventing drug Eliquis, a potential blockbuster that’s lagged behind two competitors, brought in only $71 million in the quarter. Pfizer shares that with partner Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.Pfizer forecast 2014 adjusted profit of $2.20 to $2.30 per share and revenue of about $50.2 billion, despite expecting another $3 billion in revenue losses due to generic competition.“We start 2014 with a sound strategy and a strong business,” CEO Ian Read told analysts on a conference call.He noted Pfizer will report midstage test results this year for palbociclib for advanced breast cancer, plus some other drugs and vaccines. Analysts are closely watching heavily touted palbociclib, which also is being tested against melanoma, lung and other cancer types.BernsteinResearch analyst Dr. Timothy Anderson called it a “decent” quarter, noting slightly higher revenue and lower taxes than expected and lower interest, legal and asset-impairment charges. But Pfizer faces more patent expirations on older drugs.For all of 2013, Pfizer posted net income of $22 billion, up 51 per cent, on revenue of $51.58 billion, down 6 per cent. Pfizer repurchased 1 billion, or 13 per cent, of its shares last year.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at http://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma read more

Top UN human rights official welcomes inquiry into abuses in DPR Korea

“We see this as a major breakthrough, and it was good to see that it was adopted by consensus,” Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters in Geneva, referring to the resolution that was acted on yesterday.High Commissioner Navi Pillay and several independent UN human rights experts had been calling for an inquiry into serious crimes that have been persistent in DPRK for decades. Last week Ms. Pillay voiced concern that international attention focused almost exclusively on Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and rocket launches, and not enough on the “deplorable” human rights situation. “That is no longer the case now [that] the Human Rights Council has taken this very significant step of establishing a commission of inquiry,” said Mr. Colville. “As the High Commissioner pointed out, the deplorable situation in DPRK in one way or another affects almost the entire population and has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”He added that the existing Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in DPRK will be one of the three members of the commission of inquiry, with the other two appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council.The resolution on the DPRK was one of 39 texts adopted during the Council’s four-week session in Geneva, which opened with a high-level segment from 25 to 28 February. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the resolution, saying it “reflects the level of concern in the international community about the persisting deterioration in the human rights situation in the country.” He also urged the DPRK and all others to fully cooperate with the Council, its Commission of Inquiry and Ms. Pillay.Among its other decisions, the Council – the UN’s top human rights body – established the post of an independent expert on Mali, and called on the Government of Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged human rights violations. The Council also renewed the mandates of a number of special procedures, including the mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on countering terrorism, on the right to food, on freedom of religion or belief, and on the situations of human rights in DPRK, Myanmar, Iran and Syria, as well as the Independent Expert on Haiti. The next regular session of the Council is scheduled to be held in June. read more

Somalia UN envoy shocked by deadly attack on radio journalist

“I condemn this hideous attack in the strongest terms and send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rahma Abdulkadir,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga.Ms. Abdulkadir, who worked at Abduwaq radio, was reportedly shot and killed by unknown attackers in the Yaqshid district in Mogadishu last night. She is the third media professional to be killed in Somalia in 2013. Last year, 18 journalists were killed in direct or indirect attacks.“Somalia continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to operate. This negative picture needs to change,” Mr. Mahiga said, calling on the recently-formed Independent Task Force on Human Rights and law enforcement bodies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought swiftly to justice.Somalia, which has been affected by conflict for more than two decades, has recently made some significant political gains. It marked a political watershed last August when it swore in the first formal parliament and ended a nine-year transition period, followed by the appointments of a new President and a new Prime Minister. Last month, Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon launched the Independent Task Force to end the culture of impunity on human rights abuses in the country.“The Somali media community has proved its courage and resilience throughout the years. Somalia has moved to a new era where freedom of expression is guaranteed in the provisional constitution and the Government has committed to safeguarding human rights, and, in particular, the protection of vulnerable groups, including journalists. I call on the assailants to stop this senseless violence,” added Mr. Mahiga, head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). read more

PODCAST Recent grad reflects on how Goodman experience helped her land a

This week’s guest on the Conversations with Goodman podcast is recent graduate Heather Bernie (BBA ’16), who reflects on her involvement with Brock University as a student leader.Host Susan LeBlanc talks to Bernie about her role as vice president of external affairs and marketing in her final year as a student with the Goodman Business Students’ Association (BSA), the umbrella organization for seven other Goodman student clubs.In this role, Bernie had the opportunity to contribute to a rebranding initiative for all of the Goodman student clubs, an initiative that was in response to the naming of the Goodman School of Business in 2012. Along with her team, and in collaboration with the Goodman School of Business, Bernie led the clubs to develop a fresh, consistent and unified suite of logos and marketing materials.During her time at Goodman, Bernie completed co-op work terms at Cargill and Carlsberg and became a champion for co-curricular activities at the University after getting involved with Goodman JDCC, a team of students that competes with 13 other business schools at JDC Central.After participating in an international exchange program at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland, one of Goodman’s many exchange partners, this experience outshines the rest and stands out as Bernie’s favourite memory of her university career.“You just meet these people that you don’t normally have the opportunity to meet and you’re all in the same area and they teach you all about their culture. It’s such a different experience but it’s quite rewarding,” she said.“It’s something that I think everyone should experience once in their life.”She went on to land a job at Broadgrain Commodities as a direct result of attending the Networking Breakfast, an annual networking event hosted by the Goodman Career Development Office that brings employer partners and students together.Bernie’s role with Broadgrain is in their graduate rotational program, which will see her working for a few months in each of five different areas of the business, including finance and supply chain management.Her advice for students is to get involved when they feel ready and comfortable, and she credits her well-rounded experience at Goodman as the thing that prepared her for her new role.“During my interview they loved the amount of things that I got involved with,” said Bernie.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

Atheists not hopeful of blasphemy referendum in spite of UN pressure

first_imgTHE CHAIRMAN OF Atheist Ireland, Michael Nugent, says he doesn’t believe the Government has any plans to address the issue of Ireland’s blasphemy laws.It follows the UN Human Rights Committee’s recommendation this week that the State should consider removing the prohibition of the offence from the Constitution.The offence — controversially re-introduced in 2009 — states that a person found guilty of the publication or utterance of “blasphemous matter” can be fined up to €25,000.Material that’s “grossly abusive or insulting” in relation to “matters held sacred by any religion” can count as blasphemy when the intent is to “outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion”.The Constitutional Convention recommended  that the offence be removed from law and replaced with a provision on incitement to religious hatred, after a vote last November.But there’s been no formal response from the Government yet on whether a referendum will take place — even though one was supposed to be forthcoming within four months of the Convention’s decision.“It’s hard to tell what this Government is going to do, but I don’t think they’ve a long term strategy on this,” says Nugent.He says there’s a “particular urgency” to address the matter, because Pakistan and other Islamic states have cited the statute to support their own laws on blasphemy.The other concern is that the report by the Constitutional Convention suggested that it be replaced by a new clause regarding inciting religious hatred.Nugent contends this would only “further institutionalise the power of religion” as we already have laws against incitement to hatred on a number of grounds.The UN Human Rights Committee also said the State should amend the articles of the Constitution that require people wishing to take up senior office — including the presidency, membership of the Council of State, or membership of the judiciary — to take religious oaths.Nugent says that recommendation “could be addressed separately”.Meanwhile, with the Dáil off on its summer break, it looks unlikely we’ll get a response on the Constitutional Convention’s recommendation anytime soon.Answering a parliamentary question last month, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the report in question was “currently being considered by the Department of Justice and Equality”.While just two weeks ago in the Dáil, he admitted to Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald that the Government was “well behind time on a number of these”.It’s already been confirmed that a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held next spring, following a recommendation from the Convention.Read: UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortionRead: Tánaiste will swear oath ‘in the presence of Almighty God’ despite being agnosticlast_img read more

Palomar Health offers free flu shots at Palomar Medical Center

first_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 9, 2019 Palomar Health offers free flu shots at Palomar Medical Center 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- Flu season is in full swing, but there’s still time to get your fly shot if you haven’t.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti shows how you can get the vaccine for free.center_img KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter January 9, 2019last_img read more

Small plane goes down in Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach

first_imgMBPD Marine Patrol is on scene of a single engine banner plane crash in Biscayne Bay (50 St/N. Bay Rd.) No injuries, pilot exited, rescued by nearby boater. Photo of pilot (blue shirt), plane and good samaritans below. pic.twitter.com/WOgtOAVyju— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) December 22, 2017Officials from Miami Beach, Miami-Dade and City of Miami all responded to the scene in the Intracoastal Waterway just behind Mount Sinai Medical Center, just after 3 p.m. Video captured by witnesses showed the moment the banner plane crashed into the water. “To see it, it was pretty crazy,” said witness Stirling Fairman.Fairman said the crash happened in just a matter of seconds. “I turned around for a second, and I looked back to see where it landed, and I didn’t see anything,” he said.7Skyforce HD hovered above the partially submerged aircraft as the banner the plane was towing floated in the water nearby.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the pilot was the only passenger on board at the time.Those who were nearby at the time said they are glad the crash wasn’t worse. “I’m glad it wasn’t a jetliner and just a small Cessna,” said a witness.The pilot was able to swim to safety and was then rescued by good Samaritans. He was alter seen standing with Miami-Dade Police officers.The aircraft was later towed from the water and taken away for further investigation. Friday night, 7News cameras captured the plane in Miami, once again on dry land, as crews checked the damage and made repairs. There is no word yet on what caused the plane to go down.As the investigation continues, witnesses said they’re thankful this ordeal had a happy ending. “It’s crazy, and we’re really lucky that he’s OK,” Fairman said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The pilot of a banner plane that, officials and witnesses said, crashed into Biscayne Bay, off Miami Beach, Friday afternoon, addressed his tense emergency escape once the aircraft went into the water.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the pilot of the small yellow plane was rescued by good Samaritans and was taken away by Miami Beach Ocean Rescue.Speaking briefly with reporters, Friday night, the unidentified pilot confirmed he was not injured. “Luckily, I’m OK, nobody got hurt, and no property was damaged,” he said.last_img read more

Bomb squad gives allclear after Hialeah bank robber leaves device behind

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI is searching for a man who robbed a Hialeah bank and left behind a device.FBI officials released surveillance pictures of a man they said demanded money from a bank teller at the TD Bank, Sunday afternoon.Officials said before fleeing the bank, located near West 49th Street and Eighth Avenue, he left behind some kind a device.That’s when the Hialeah Police Department K9 bomb squad was called in. They later gave the all clear.Customers inside the bank during the robbery were unharmed. The amount of money taken has not been released.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office Housing Coordinator, Laurie Stanton, will be holding office hours on Tuesday, June 5, from 4pm to 7pm, in the Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. She will assist residents with their affordable housing questions.The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office helps people find affordable housing in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Saugus.If you are unable to attend office hours on this date, future dates will be announced.  Stanton can also be reached at her Reading Office at 781-942-6667 during normal business hours.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Town Hall.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On October 2In “Government”Affordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On April 25In “Government”last_img read more

Razer Reveals New BlizzardInspired PC Peripherals

first_imgStay on target When it comes to PC games, few if any companies are bigger than Blizzard. This is the developer that reinvented real-time strategy games, dungeon crawlers, card games, and MMOs with smash-hits like StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, and World of Warcraft. And even when one of its projects fails to come together, like the cancelled MMO Titan, Blizzard can just casually salvage it as the massively successful multiplayer shooter Overwatch. It makes sense Blizzard is one of the few publishers that can justify putting on its own show, BlizzCon, currently running in California.Meanwhile, when it comes to PC peripherals, few companies are cooler than Razer. And at BlizzCon, Razer revealed a new set of products inspired by Blizzard’s greatest hits: the D.Va suite and the Naga Trinity & Tartarus V2 mouse and keyboard.If you’re not up on your Overwatch lore (since it’s not really explained in the game itself) the character D.Va is a Korean pro gamer who was able to transfer those skills towards piloting an adorable deadly mech. She has a very distinct sci-fi bubblegum K-pop aesthetic, and the D.Va Razer MEKA gaming headset and D.Va Razer Abyssus Elite gaming mouse let players adopt some of that aesthetic for themselves.Modeled after D.Va’s own iconic headset, the MEKA headset ($80) features an omnidirectional mic, in-line communication controls, and is compatible with all consoles, computers, and mobile devices. The Abyssus mouse ($60), originally made for Blizzard’s own StarCraft, has the same “tournament-ready” 7,200 DPI, 220 IPS tracking, and Razer Chroma lighting effects. It also sports a colorful new D.Va makeover, as does the D.Va Razer Goliathus mouse mat ($20). All three of these products ship later this year.The Naga Trinity & Tartarus V2 mouse and keypad may not look like something out of a Blizzard game, but they are tooled for playing them. The Razer Naga Trinity ($100) is a highly modular gaming mouse. You can swap between three side plates: a switch plate, a thumb wheel plate, and a thumb grid plate. You can also program 19 buttons for your preferred presets in games like World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm. It has a 16,000 DPI sensor, 410 IPS, and Razer Chroma lighting effects.The Tartarus V2 keypad ($80, on the left) has an ergonomic design with a bump up to 32 programmable keys, again good for MOBAs and MMOs. Razer’s “Mecha-Membrane” key technology attempts to marry comfort and precision while “Hypershift” mode lets you layer even more macros and shortcuts for increased speed and efficiency.The Naga Trinity & Tartarus V2 gaming mouse and keypad both launch this holiday. So that’s something else to look forward to from Razer alongside, oh say, a new phone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Finally, Razer Is Making a Gamer ToasterGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PC last_img read more

Daryaganj An open sky library

first_imgRambled across the busy lanes of Old Delhi, in Daryaganj, everything flips on a Sunday morning which brings an exquisite charm to the small area. In the long road between Delite Cinema and Jama Masjid bridge, scores of shopkeepers ply their trade. Everywhere you look, you see books spread across the entire crowded street. Hundreds of school and college students, knowledge enthusiasts, intellectuals as well as casual bookworms rush to the market early in the morning.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The best time to reach here is around 10 am as most of the shops start their trade from this stipulated time. This market is said to be one of the oldest book markets in the world and was started in the year 1964 with only 10-15 shops at its disposal, which has since swelled up to 250-300. Ninety per cent of the books available here are second-hand with plenty of novels, magazines, newspapers, guides, quiz books, classics, encyclopedias and entrance exam preparatory materials on offer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere are possibilities of finding books which may not be available in regular book stalls due to their rarity. “Students flock the market because books available here are quite cheap and are also easily available,” says a satisfied buyer. The place is a heaven for those who are tired of buying over priced books. Given the correct bargaining skills, a person can bring down the price of a book to as low as 10 per cent of its original price. “When the books become old, the publishers sell them to us at a very low price. The scrap dealers are also another source from where we get these books,” said, Kamar Syeed, the president of the Sunday Book Bazaar Welfare Association. The market is a big hit with locals as well as foreigners who are attracted by wide repertoire on offer. The market is definitely a spellbinding place for people, who not only love to read but who also love to collect books and literary works.last_img read more

Bengal submits application for rosogolla GI tag

first_imgWest Bengal has submitted the application for a (Geographical Indication) GI tag for the rosogolla to stake claim on the sugary delicacy and beat Odisha, a minister said.“We have filed an application for GI on September 18 with full support from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, science and technology minister said.The syrupy, soft spongy balls of Indian cottage cheese, the rosogollas, have virtually unleashed a war between two Indian states. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBoth Odisha and West Bengal have entered the fray to stake their claim on the famed dessert. The Odisha government recently decided to form three committees which will counter Bengal’s claim as the birthplace of rosogolla.But Chattopadhyay said the state government is not considering forming any such committees at the moment to counter the move.Bengal is claiming that Nabin Chandra Das had introduced the sweet in 1868, while the Odisha government said the tradition of offering rosogolla by Lord Jagannath to Goddess Laxmi on the day of Niladri Bije (the day when the deities return to their abode after the annual Rath Yatra) is at least 300 years old indicating it was much older than the 150-year history of Bengal’s rosogolla. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed“Bengal is the birth place of rosogolla and we prepared a detailed dossier on its origins based on evidence from Das family and historian Haripada Bhowmik. There is no question on the origins as far as Bengal is concerned,” the minister said. On September 21 Odisha had set up three committees to study the origin of the delectable rosogolla and counter the claim of West Bengal which had already started the process to approach the central authorities for geographical indication (GI) over the syrupy sweet. The Odisha government had asked the committees to furnish a report within 15 days so that it can move the Centre to claim the origin over the sweet.“We have formed three committees. While the first committee will have seven members, the second committee will have four and the third will have six members. They will collect information about the origin of the rosogolla and examine the claim of West Bengal over the sweet,” state Science and Technology Minister Pradeep Panigrahi had said.The committees have representatives from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and culture departments to prepare reports for officially claiming the origin of the sweet.Panigrahi said the first committee would gather the facts regarding the origin, the second would study the basis of Bengal’s claim and the third would collect necessary papers to validate Odisha’s claim.Sources said the MSME department has already roped in the Odisha Modernising Economy, Governance and Administration (OMEGA), a joint initiative of the state government and the Department for International Development (DFID) of Britain to study the process of the preparation of the rosogolla at Pahala in Khurda district.The sweet has been a bone of contention between the two states.The geographical indication (GI) identifies a product as originating from a particular location and conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness that is essentially attributable to the fact of its origin.last_img read more

Play audio only on YouTube to save bandwidth

first_imgPlay audio only on YouTube to save bandwidth by Martin Brinkmann on February 12, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: February 12, 2018 – 11 commentsAudio Only YouTube is a browser extension for Google Chrome to play the audio stream of YouTube videos only.The video hosting site YouTube offers no option to play only the audio track of videos. While that is probably not desirable in many cases, it is beneficial in a few cases.Playback of the audio stream of a video on YouTube uses less bandwidth than playback of the entire video. This may improve the stream quality, especially on low-end devices or devices with limited Internet bandwidth, for instance, when videos buffer all the time or don’t play fluently. Another benefit of it is that audio-only streams require less power than video streams; useful if you connect to YouTube on mobile devices.Audio-only playback is useful when you play certain types of videos on YouTube such as music videos, presentations, talkshows, podcasts, or discussions.Audio Only YouTubeAudio Only YouTube is active right after you install it. It is a bit worrying that the extension requires access to all sites and not only YouTube though. Is that because of embedded YouTube videos on third-party sites? You can check out the code on GitHub, and it appeared clean on quick inspection.When you play a video on YouTube after installation, only the audio stream is transferred to your computer and played. This is faster as it uses less bandwidth and beneficial to power consumption if your machine is on battery.The extension shows a message where the video would play stating that the extension is enabled. Users can click on the extension icon in Chrome’s main toolbar to toggle it.A click toggles the functionality of the extension so that you can switch between audio-only and video playback on YouTube with just a click. The status is remembered so that you don’t need to do so each time you want to watch a video on the site.Switching restarts the video however as the last position is not remembered.Closing WordsAudio Only YouTube is an excellent extension for Google Chrome. It should work in other Chromium-based browsers like Vivaldi or Opera as well, and may even work in Firefox if you use Chrome Store Foxified.It is ideal for users who listen to audio only or predominantly at times especially since it saves bandwidth and power.Related articlesHow to zoom YouTube VideosWatch YouTube videos in Chrome while you browse the web using SideplayerWhy Bing Video Search is better than YouTube SearchYouTube launches new design to a worldwide audienceYouTube Video Text Search extension for ChromeSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 10 votes Software Name Audio Only YouTubeSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://github.com/Ashish-Bansal/audio-only-youtube Advertisementlast_img read more