La Province fournira de meilleurs services aux jeunes enfants et aux familles

first_img Grâce au programme Thrive!, la Province investit dans les installations récréatives et élargit le soutien provincial destiné à l’utilisation communautaire des écoles par des groupes de loisirs et de sport et d’autres groupes bénévoles. Les réserves Annapolis Valley/Glooscap, Eskasoni, Millbrook, Membertou et Paqtnkek embaucheront du personnel à temps plein pour élaborer et mettre en œuvre des plans d’activité physique. Dès cet automne, le cours de Mathématiques 10 s’étendra sur toute l’année afin d’offrir plus de temps pour l’apprentissage. Le programme La réussite en lecture aide plus de jeunes élèves néo-écossais à apprendre à lire. Plus de 3 800 enfants ont obtenu de l’aide l’année dernière. Le programme sera maintenant offert aux élèves de 3e année et encore plus d’enfants pourront ainsi en profiter. Les familles de la Nouvelle-Écosse recevront un soutien mieux coordonné et plus accessible durant les premières années de la vie de leurs enfants. La Province a annoncé dans le discours du Trône prononcé aujourd’hui, 26 mars, le renouvellement de ses efforts à l’égard des enfants et de la jeunesse, et plus particulièrement la création du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. « Nos enfants méritent de commencer leur vie de la meilleure manière possible pour les aider à réaliser leur plein potentiel, de souligner le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. Nous avons demandé aux Néo-Écossais comment améliorer notre approche à l’égard de la petite enfance et nous répondons aux suggestions avec un plan qui permettra aux familles de recevoir plus facilement l’aide et les services dont elles ont besoin. » Le ministère réunira du personnel à plein temps de l’Éducation, des Services communautaires et de la Santé et du Mieux-être qui administre plus de 200 programmes et services tels que les garderies et l’intervention précoce. La nouvelle Direction de la petite enfance améliorera la manière dont la Province soutient les enfants et les familles durant les premières années de la vie. Au cours de la présente session de l’assemblée législative, la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Ramona Jennex, présentera des mesures immédiates et des objectifs pluriannuels pour aider les Néo-Écossais à tirer le meilleur parti des années de la petite enfance. Le plan repose sur les conseils et les idées reçus lors de consultations tenues dans la province, de même que sur les recommandations du Conseil consultatif sur la petite enfance. Il fait fond sur le succès remporté par ÉcolePlus, un programme qui offre des services sociaux, des services de santé, du mentorat et des ateliers sur l’art d’être parent à l’intention des élèves et des familles; le programme est maintenant offert dans 98 écoles. Anne McGuire, coprésidente du Conseil consultatif sur la petite enfance, s’est dite heureuse du renouvellement des efforts à l’égard du développement de la petite enfance au sein du nouveau ministère. « L’annonce de ce nouveau ministère est une excellente nouvelle, de dire Mme McGuire, présidente et directrice générale du IWK Health Centre. L’intégration de programmes en un seul ministère permettra de mieux mettre l’accent sur la prestation de soutiens de qualité à l’intention des familles et des enfants durant les premières années de la vie, période qui est si importante. » Le lieutenant-gouverneur J. J. Grant a annoncé aujourd’hui plusieurs autres programmes gouvernementaux qui mettent les enfants au premier plan.last_img read more

3 in 4 Indians use more than 1 device simultaneously

first_imgThree in four adult consumers in India constantly use more than one device simultaneously and spend almost 90 per cent of their workday interacting with devices, said a study on May 31. Interestingly, switching screens is common in India with 50 per cent of consumers starting an activity on mobile and then switching to a computer, said the study titled “2019 Mobile Marketing Research – India Market”. Switching is most common among male millennials, the research showed. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveWhen faced with the proposition of having their smartphone taken away for two weeks, 39 per cent said it would be a major hassle. This reaction was more pronounced among millennial consumers, said the study which showed that Indian consumers have developed an increased affinity for smartphones when it comes to all online activities as compared with computers. Video calling (88 per cent), checking social media (85 per cent) and texting (89 per cent) are among the key activities which Indian consumers prefer to use their mobile devices for as compared to computers. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painSmartphones have also emerged as the most preferred medium for all shopping activities with 89 per cent of consumers currently being able to do all the retail activities they want on mobile, showed the findings based on a survey of 1,000 adult consumers in India. A vast majority of consumers (83 per cent) have a strong preference for using mobile apps over mobile browsers while interacting with a company. The study revealed that more than half of adults surveyed regularly use voice commands. “The rapid proliferation of advanced technologies and their increased usage on mobile devices, points to potential new areas for marketers to engage with consumers,” said researchers. “Considering the fast consumer adoption of voice tech, we expect to start seeing more brands experimenting with immersive ways of customer engagement over the next few years,” researchers further added.last_img read more

Irish Prime Minister says nodeal Brexit could lead to united Ireland

first_imgLondon: A no-deal Brexit could lead to a united Ireland as more people in Northern Ireland would “come to question the union” with Britain, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said. His comments came after new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the current Brexit deal was unacceptable and set preparations for leaving the EU without an agreement as a “top priority” for his right-wing government. Tension around the withdrawal deal centres on the so-called Irish backstop — a mechanism designed to preserve the bloc’s single market and prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. Varadkar warned a no-deal Brexit could see more people in the North question the union with England, Scotland and Wales. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”People who you might describe as moderate nationalists or moderate Catholics who were more or less happy with the status quo will look more towards a united Ireland,” Varadkar said Friday at a summer school in county Donegal, the Irish Independent newspaper and other media reported. “And increasingly you see liberal Protestants, liberal unionists starting to ask the questions as to where they feel more at home. “Is it in a nationalist Britain that’s talking about potentially bringing back the death penalty and things like that? Or is it part of a common European home and part of Ireland?” said Vardakar, whose heavily trade-dependent nation stands to lose most from a messy EU-UK split. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsVardakar said there could be no Brexit deal without the Irish backstop, which Johnson is committed to abolishing. Johnson has staked his reputation on bringing Britain out of the EU by the current deadline of October 31, meaning that if new negotiations are refused the UK would crash out without a deal in place. “I think one of the things ironically that could really undermine the union is a hard Brexit, both for Northern Ireland and for Scotland. That’s a problem they’re going to have to face,” Varadkar said, according to the Independent. Separately, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Friday that Johnson had deliberately set Britain on a “collision course” with the EU over Brexit negotiations. “He seems to have made a deliberate decision to set Britain on a collision course with the European Union and with Ireland in relation to the Brexit negotiations,” Simon Coveney was quoted by Irish state broadcaster RTE as saying. European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told Johnson on Thursday that EU officials have no mandate to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement, and chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said eliminating the Irish backstop was “unacceptable”.last_img read more

Hydro One releases names of four employees killed in eastern Ontario helicopter

first_imgBest friends, soulmates, fiancees and boyfriends: that’s how friends and family are remembering some of the four Ontario utility workers who were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Ontario on Thursday.The men, identified by Hydro One on Saturday as 39-year-old James Baragar, 27-year-old Kyle Shorrock, and Jeff Howes and Darcy Jansen, both 26, were working on a transmission tower in Tweed, Ont., and crashed when the chopper was approaching to land.Jansen’s mother, Brenda Jansen, said her son — a line technician from Long Sault, Ont. — was an outdoorsy person and an avid guitar player.“Anyone that knew him just loved him, he was a really lovable kid,” said Brenda, adding that he had just bought a house last year and moved in with his girlfriend.“We’re going to miss him, he’s going to be really missed. He touched a lot of hearts,” she added.She said the small community in Long Sault came together to support the family over the weekend.Friends of Howes, who was from Bath, Ont., and was a line technician with Hydro One since August 2013, took to Facebook to remember him as someone “who always had a smile on his face” with a contagious laugh to match.Howes’ family released a statement saying he loved “music, fishing, and thrilling adventures.”“His fiancé Brooke, his family, and many friends were always his first priority,” the statement said.“Jeff was just beginning a very promising personal and professional life when he was tragically taken. He will be missed for his kind heart, contagious laughter, and endless energy.”Shorrock, of Inverary, Ont., was also a line technician and was engaged to be married according to his Facebook page.“Yesterday I lost my best friend, my everything, my soul mate, the person who made my world go round,” wrote Brittany Robertson, who said on Facebook that she was Shorrock’s fiancee.Hydro One said Baragar, the pilot, had been with the company since 2009 and was from the Orillia, Ont., area.The company held candlelight vigils at its offices across the province Friday morning and said most ground crews would be standing down from their jobs until Monday. Workers will still respond to any reports of power outages, it said.“It is a time of emotion and shock for all of us at the company,” said the company’s CEO, Mayo Schmidt.The Transportation Safety Board said Friday that it had obtained initial statements from the crash, but still must examine maintenance records, pilot training and several other factors.The helicopter did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder, but the TSB said it recovered a GPS, which will help in the investigation.The agency said investigators would be looking at a wide range of factors to determine a possible cause of the crash, including pilot records, aircraft maintenance records and aircraft history.The single-engine AS350 is a utility helicopter often used for corporate purposes and by police.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect spelling of James Baragarlast_img read more

Nunavut mine changes controversial shipping plan

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN National NewWith last week’s Supreme Court of Canada hearing about Clyde River, Nunavut, the Arctic and development have been in the spotlight.Now the only mine in the area has changed a controversial shipping plan, to the joy of residents.kdriscoll@aptn.caFollow @kentdriscolllast_img

Turmeric compounds may help combat cancer

first_imgCompounds found in turmeric – a condiment commonly used in Indian cuisine – can help prevent prevent and treat stomach cancer, scientists claim. Researchers identified possible therapeutic effects of curcumin – the yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant. “We undertook a vast review of the scientific literature on all nutrients and bioactive compounds with the potential to prevent or treat stomach cancer and found that curcumin is one of them,” Danielle Queiroz Calcagno, a professor at UFPA. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Calcagno, compounds such as cholecalciferol (a form of vitamin D), resveratrol (a polyphenol) and quercetin can prevent or combat stomach cancer because they are natural regulators of histone activity. Histones are proteins in cell nuclei that organise the DNA double helix into structural units called nucleosomes, according to a study published in the journal Epigenomics. Each nucleosome is made of DNA coiled like a spool around eight histone proteins (a histone octamer) to compact the DNA so that it fits in the cell, where it is packaged into chromatin. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardResearchers studied histone acetylation patterns in stomach cell samples from healthy individuals and patients diagnosed with stomach cancer. They found that the cells from stomach cancer patients displayed alterations in the pattern of expression of histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs). These alterations are epigenetic and affect the structure and integrity of the genome in many tumors, including stomach cancer. Recent research has also shown that nutrients and bioactive compounds can regulate the activity of HATs and HDACs, the scientists at UNIFESP and UFPA set out to identify any that might influence histone acetylation and hence help prevent stomach cancer or even treat the disease. In addition to curcumin, other compounds found to play a key role in modulating histone activity were cholecalciferol, resveratrol, quercetin, garcinol and sodium butyrate (produced by gut bacteria via fermentation of dietary fiber).last_img read more

DR Congo UN mission stresses its goal is to help restore state

17 October 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains committed to helping the Government and its armed forces restore state authority, the mission’s military chief said today after reports from the troubled North Kivu province that locals and soldiers have been hostile to the blue helmets. Gen. Babacar Gaye, the force commander of the mission (known as MONUC), told a press conference in Kinshasa that he had learned that locals in Masisi territory had thrown stones at UN peacekeepers after they evacuated members of the armed forces (FARDC) during recent clashes.“This equates to incomprehension of the nature of our action by the local population,” he said. “I also received a report yesterday that FARDC soldiers arriving into Goma had a less than friendly attitude towards our troops.”Both North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, which sit at the far eastern edge of the vast DRC, have been the scene of deadly clashes in recent months between Government forces, dissident soldiers led by renegade Gen. Laurent Nkunda and other armed groups.MONUC estimates there are as many as 700,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu alone as a result of fighting this year, which has taken place as the rest of the country tries to consolidate after landmark presidential and parliamentary elections last year and the earlier formal end to the long-running civil war.Gen. Gaye stressed that the mandate of MONUC was very clear – to help the Government restore its authority across the entire country – and that its priority was to ensure the security of the local population.“We give advice and assistance to the FARDC. MONUC supports the FARDC in North Kivu with air reconnaissance, and air transport for munitions, troops and the evacuation of wounded. The towns of Goma and Sake are also protected by MONUC.”The General added that the mission also escorts humanitarian convoys in North Kivu and has deployed mobile operating bases to make it easier to reach people living in the displaced camps.MONUC spokesperson Kemal Saiki also told journalists that the mission categorically denied recent reports in the Congolese press that the peacekeepers were in any way supporting the factional forces loyal to Gen. Nkunda.The situation in North Kivu remains extremely tense, two days after Nkunda troops surrounded a school in the Rutshuru area and tried to enlist children there into their force.About 150 schoolchildren were given refuge by MONUC blue helmets after fleeing the recruitment attempts by the Nkunda forces.Meanwhile, in the nearby Ituri province, UN disarmament workers have reported that about 1,800 former combatants have joined the cantonment sites, where they have to give up their weapons and reintegrate into civil society.But an unknown number of fighters, including those belonging to the FNI armed group, continue to oppose the disarmament drive. read more

Lack of funding for Guatemalan food crisis appeal sparks concern at UN

Guatemala has been hit by a prolonged drought, one of the worst in the country in three decades, resulting in severe food shortages that have exacerbated the country’s chronic malnutrition problem, Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva.An estimated 43 per cent of Guatemalan children below the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition, one of the worst rates in the world.But so far only $2.9 million has been received in the appeal, according to OCHA.The rise in acute malnutrition, including clinical cases of kwashiorkor and marasmus, has hit the so-called ‘dry corridor’ in the east and centre of Guatemala particularly hard.Kwashiorkor is a malnutrition-related illness, which results from a protein deficiency in a person’s diet. Symptoms include a swollen abdomen in children, diarrhoea, skin peeling and reddish hair pigmentation. Marasmus is also the result of malnutrition and causes children to look emaciated with extensive tissue and muscle loss.Funds sought in the appeal are intended to complement national relief efforts and provide support for food, health, nutrition, agriculture and early recovery projects, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene projects for six months for people living in departments in the east of the country, including the ‘dry corridor’ – Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso and Baja Verapaz – and the neighbouring Izabal and Quiché departments.The effects of the drought have been made worse by rising food prices, a decrease in remittances because of the global financial crisis, cost increases for agricultural items, such as fertilizer and pesticides, and a decrease in job opportunities. 9 April 2010More than a month after the United Nations and its aid partners appealed for $34 million to respond to the food crisis in Guatemala, less than 10 per cent of that amount has been received, prompting UN officials to express concern today over the plight of the estimated 680,000 people in need. read more

UN Human Rights commissioner sees need for more emphasis on implementation

“On the implementation side the commission has performed extremely poorly, leading to a perception of using double standards and being very politically driven…I believe that this perception can only be properly addressed by a fundamental change in attitude that can only be triggered by a profound institutional change,” the High Commissioner said.Speaking to reporters during a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Ms. Arbour also said that she has held discussions during her stay in New York with various stakeholders concerning the launching of a human rights council, hopefully at the time of the September summit.”All the great human rights instruments that we have originated are the work of this commission. In recent years though I think the importance has shifted from this normative mission to a mission of implementing the norms that we have that are very well understood, virtually universally accepted, but extremely poorly implemented,” Ms. Arbour said.Separately Ms. Arbour said she was encouraged by the attention that that events in Zimbabwe had received since the release of a report by the Secretary-General’s special envoy and she believed that this would galvanize international interest on many fronts including with regard to the plight of some 700,000 people who have been forcibly evicted from their homes in that country.Last week UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, following a two-week visit to Zimbabwe, issued a report which called on the Government to stop the demolition of homes and markets, pay reparations to those who lost housing and livelihoods and punish those who, “with indifference to human suffering,” carried out the evictions.”I hope it will also bring home to the government the necessity to desist from this extremely misguided operation,” Ms. Arbour also said. read more

Navy rescued Manchester bomber Salman Abedi from wartorn Libya three years before

It was one of four terrorist attacks to strike Britain last year, and the review said MI5 had on two separate occasions received intelligence on Abedi “whose significance was not fully appreciated at the time”. Salman Abedi, right, was rescued from Libya on board HMS Enterprise, left  HMS Enterprise in Libya in 2014. The ship was diverted to rescue British nationals stranded in the war-torn country  Abedi, then aged 19, was rescued from the Libyan coast by HMS Enterprise, according to the report, before being taken to Malta for his flight home.His younger brother Hashem, who is in jail in Tripoli facing trial over the attack, was also rescued by HMS Enterprise. It’s understood they were part of a group of 100 British citizens rescued. Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was rescued by the Navy from the fighting in Libya before flying back to Britain, three years ahead of his deadly attack, it has emerged.The rescue of Abedi – who was known to the security services at the time of his trip to the war-torn country – enabled him to catch a flight home to the UK in August 2014, according to reports.Nearly three years later he went on to carry out the deadliest terror attack for more than a decade when he set off a bomb at the Manchester Arena in May 2017, killing 22 people.By the time of the bombing, security services were no longer monitoring him.The revelation, reported in the Daily Mail, is likely to infuriate the families who lost loved ones in the attack, and raises further fears over possible intelligence mistakes. “He was a British citizen so it was our job to safeguard him. Salman was one of many people in that mix and we absolutely had to evacuate him.”He was not a threat at the time and it was in a very different context,” one source told the Mail. However, Mr Anderson’s report into the Manchester Arena attack found he had been first investigated in January 2014 – seven months before the rescue, when he was seen acting suspiciously with a “subject of interest” by police. A victim of Abedi's attack in Manchester Salman Abedi, right, was rescued from Libya on board HMS Enterprise, left  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Back in 2014, the country was in the grip of civil war. HMS Enterprise, a survey ship, was diverted from routine operations in the Mediterranean to head to Tripoli to pick up Britons after the ambassador closed down operations in the country.Clashes and fighting around the capital were killing dozens of people every night, at a time when the Foreign Office was advising against all travel to Libya. Airlines had begun cancelling flights, while Michael Aron, the then British ambassador to Libya, was overseeing some of the evacuations.The brothers were on holiday there at the time, and the Royal Navy was tasked with picking them up, along with other British nationals, on a list provided to sailors.A review of his deadly attack by David Anderson QC found the bombing could have been averted “had the cards fallen differently.” It emerged MI5 had planned to discuss the threat posed by him just nine days after he launched his attack, after he was highlighted for discussion. A Whitehall source told the Mail: “For this man to have committed such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.” The paper also quoted sources in London and family friends in Libya saying Salman Abedi was on HMS Enterprise.The brothers regularly to Libya from their home in Manchester, as their parents, Ramadan and Samia, were both living in Libya. A victim of Abedi’s attack in ManchesterCredit:Joel Goodman/London News Pictures Ltd It’s understood Abedi’s father Ramadan had travelled back to Libya in time for the 2011 revolution, allegedly fighting against the Gaddafi regime with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. It is not certain whether the two brothers were with their father at the time of the revolution or instead in neighbouring Tunisia.Senior security sources stressed told the paper they did not believe Abedi had been radicalised at the time of the Royal Navy rescue. Salman, who was on a gap year from Manchester College at the time, went on to study business management at Salford University, before dropping out. He later became brainwashed after watching bomb-making videos on Google-owned YouTube and terror material on other internet sites, they believe. At the time of the rescue in 2014, the MoD released a statement from HMS Enterprise’s commanding officer, Cdr Mark Varta, saying: “This is a period of uncertainty for UK citizens based in Libya but we have been proud to play our part in enabling their move to safety.”The then defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, also said: “I thank the crew of HMS Enterprise for their support and professionalism in carrying out this important task.”The 90-metre-long survey ship, normally based in Plymouth, had been eight weeks into an 18-month mission carrying out surveys in the area.A Government spokesman said: “During the deteriorating security situation in Libya in 2014, Border Force officials were deployed to assist with the evacuation of British nationals and their dependents.” Show more He then came to the attention of the authorities again in October 2015 because of his supposed contact with an Islamic State figure in Libya, but his file was closed once more.A family friend was reportedly adamant that Abedi was there for innocent purposes, telling the paper: ‘Salman and Hashem were not involved in fighting at all and they had spent a lot of time with their mother in Tunisia.”The rescue operation saw UK citizens taken in small boats from the port of Tripoli to HMS Enterprise. HMS Enterprise in Libya in 2014. The ship was diverted to rescue British nationals stranded in the war-torn country Credit:MATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP read more

Opinion For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it

first_img Mar 27th 2019, 7:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM 24 Comments 97,531 Views Andrea Quigley At the end of my consultation, I asked her whether that might be the cause of my big heavy legs too? She examined them and diagnosed primary lymphoedema in both legs.I wasn’t overweight I had a disease that affects the lymphatic system, I was amazed. I felt like crying, but at least I finally knew what was wrong.Lymphoedema involves painful swelling of the limbs, mainly the arms and legs and occurs when the lymphatic system isn’t working properly.Lack of treatment can lead to increased swelling and pain, irreversible damage to the body’s drainage system, recurrent infections, the inability to work and a dramatically reduced quality of life.There are two types: primary lymphoedema is a genetic condition while secondary lymphoedema develops because of damage to the drainage system caused by radiotherapy, advanced cancer, deep vein thrombosis, cellulitis, paralysis or obesity.Many cases occur following breast cancer treatment.I have now been having some treatment since September 2018 on my left arm and both my legs. The fluid has reduced a bit. Compression stockings and a sleeve are helping to keep it under control.Unfortunately, this year I also found out that I have secondary lymphoedema in my other arm – now meaning that all four limbs are affected.I have been told that I will need ongoing sessions on each of my affected limbs for the rest of my life. This is hard to take in and deal with. Opinion: For years the doctors told me I was overweight but it turned out I had lymphoedema I was on a diet from age 14 and got the diagnosis at 31. I was amazed and felt like crying as I finally knew what was wrong, writes Andrea Quigley. Short URLcenter_img Getting dressed in the mornings is tough. It takes around 30 minutes to get the compression garments on. I am sick a lot, have swelling, extreme fatigue and get very cold.I support the work of Lymphoedema Ireland which advocates for better services for patients like me. We need local services to be made available for lymphoedema patients.Lymphodema Ireland has estimated that 15,000 hospital bed nights and €13m in savings could be achieved through developing dedicated localised services for lymphoedema.Raising greater understand and awareness of this condition is so important – how many other young people are currently being told by doctors they are overweight when in fact they may have lymphoedema?Through early detection, extreme swelling can be controlled and reduced, infection prevented and movement improved.The first-ever national model of care for lymphoedema was agreed by the HSE last month – and so we are awaiting the detail of how and when it will be rolled out.I know that making treatments available locally will avoid problems escalating and unnecessary hospital admissions. Living with lymphoedema has a massive impact on my life and every single decision has to be made around it. However, my challenges would not have been as severe if I had been diagnosed earlier.My wish is that future patients can find out if they have the condition earlier than me – and that we can treat it effectively through services and expertise available locally.The early warning signs of lymphoedema are:Transient swelling of a limb or other region of the bodyInfectionAching, heaviness, stiffness in the affected body partLimitation of movementTightness or temperature changes to areas of the bodyClothing, jewellery or shoes may feel tighterSwelling may be aggravated by heat, overuse, sustained positions or prolonged inactivity. Andrea Quigley is a lymphoedema patient and advocate for improved patient services.Lymphoedema Ireland is a voluntary patient group that provides information, a telephone helpline, an online discussion forum. Their annual open day is in Dublin this Saturday, 30 March.  By Andrea Quigley https://jrnl.ie/4561532 DOCTORS REPEATEDLY TOLD that  I was very overweight and needed to make lifestyle changes.I had been put on numerous different diets since I was 14 years old and I did lots of exercise – I was walking, swimming and going to the gym.I had been to GP’s, hospital appointments, for a stress test and to a dietician.But I was still unexplainedly, getting ‘bigger’. I just kept gaining weight and no-one would believe me that something beyond diet and exercise wasn’t right.I became breathless easily and I had heavy-dead legs. A simple knock to my legs would send pain shooting through me and they would bruise very easily.  Thankfully last year when attending a physio, she asked me to make two fists. She measured my arms which confirmed that my left arm was inches bigger than my dominant, right arm. After further investigation, she said I had secondary lymphoedema in my left arm and would need massage therapy to relieve pain, pressure and fluid from the arm. Share358 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

Google met les bouchées doubles sur Chrome

first_imgGoogle met les bouchées doubles sur ChromeÉtats-Unis  – Google a choisi de diviser par deux la période entre deux mises à jour de son navigateur Chrome. Désormais, une nouvelle version sortira toutes les six semaines.Chrome est un élément important pour Google puisqu’il sera le navigateur de son système d’exploitation Chrome OS. Afin de le rendre optimal, Chrome sera mis à jour toutes les six semaines. Ce laps de temps permettra au navigateur d’être en permanence en contact avec les nouvelles fonctions. De plus, ce délai diminuera la pression sur les développeurs qui devaient attendre la prochaine version, trois mois plus tard, lorsqu’ils affichaient un léger retard sur leurs travaux. Aujourd’hui, Chrome détient un peu plus de 7% des parts du marché des navigateurs Internet, encore loin derrière Internet Explorer et Firefox.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Allegri on Champions League hangover

first_imgMax Allegri admits the Champions League hangover was on show in Juventus narrow 1-0 win over Bologna.Juve salvaged a win courtesy of Dybala who came off the bench to scrape a 1-0 win at the Stadio Dall’Ara.The Old lady’s survived a late scare when Nicola Sansone’s shot was tipped on to the upright in stoppages. And Allegri expressed fitness concerns after the game.“It was only natural there would be a hangover after such an important game as the Champions League.“We allowed Bologna very little until the final save that Mattia Perin made to turn it on to the upright,” the Coach told Football Italia.“This is a crucial result, as it means we’ll go into the head-to-head with Napoli at least 13 points clear at the top of the table.“We’re hoping to get some players back, although Douglas Costa is probably the only one who could recover. We’re glad that Napoli are coming up because that is an important test for us just before Atletico.”Report: No deadline day move for Dybala George Patchias – September 2, 2019 There will be no last-minute transfer of Paulo Dybala from Juventus this summer.According to Sky Sports and its associates in Italy, the player is…There were some tactical adjustments with Joao Cancelo in the trident attack and Federico Bernardeschi in midfield.“It’s one game from the start and another when coming on for the last 20 minutes. I asked Cancelo to give us more width and he has more room there to push forward and make the most of his characteristics.”Paulo Dybala delivers … with his second goal in two Serie A games. 👌👏#UCL pic.twitter.com/gmcUr1YnRA— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 24, 2019Allegri was asked if some of these changes could be used for the second leg against Atletico Madrid on March 12.“I’ll see if I get some divine inspiration. We could’ve done better in attacking between the lines, but the side we face in Turin will be very different. I think they’ll be even more defensive and clammed up, so we have to be more precise in our passing.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 18 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Listen now:Seismic Flare-Ups Leave Scientists Searching for AnswersAnnie Ropiek, KUCB – UnalaskaIn the past few months, Alaska’s seen a flurry of volcanic eruptions and sizable earthquakes. It’s disrupted life in the Aleutian Islands and the far western Brooks Range — and it’s got scientists wondering how all the activity might be connected.Anxiety and Threats on the Kuskokwim as First Salmon Gillnet Opening NearsBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelFour weeks into salmon fishing restrictions, the atmosphere along the Kuskokwim River is tense. At a meeting Tuesday the stress of the closures are causing was obvious as gillnet openings loom on the horizon.Parnell Announces New Agreement With TransCanadaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state and Transcanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Governor Sean Parnell shared the news in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.B.C. Developers Defend Near-Border MinesEd Schoenfeld, KRBD – JuneauPlans for mines in northwest British Columbia, just across Alaska’s border, are being blasted by tribal, fishing and environmental groups in Southeast Alaska. Critics say they’ll pollute rivers that cross the border, damaging or destroying salmon and other fish runs. But what do we hear from the mining side of the story? DEC Works To Contain Fuel Spill on Dalton HighwayDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWater is being used to flush fuel out of the tundra, where a tanker truck rolled off the Dalton Highway earlier this month. The Nana Corporation truck is estimated to have leaked in excess of 2,500 gallons of fuel near milepost 299, about 110 miles south of Deadhorse.Stolen Dance Paddle Recovered in JuneauMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauJuneau Police are reporting the recovery of an 8-foot dance paddle that was stolen Saturday after the end of Celebration, the big biennial cultural event in the Capital City.Front Street Clinic Opens Its Services to AllLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauJuneau’s Front Street Clinic is now providing service to the general public while also continuing care for the homeless.Three Sitka Artists, Three Grants — One Last NameGreta Mart, KCAW – SitkaLast month, the Rasmuson Foundation announced the recipients of this year’s individual artist awards and grants. Several Sitka artists were on that list, and three of them share the same last name.last_img read more

Android users beware 15 crore phones infected by Agent Smith WhatsApp Hotstar

first_img How A Cyber Attack Could Shut Down The U.S. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/5:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-5:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Malware attacks aren’t uncommon, but their very existence is disturbing despite the technological advancements we’ve been making over the years. Every time a new loophole is shut, hackers find a way to break in another way, putting millions at risk. The latest one that has been making the headline has a dramatic name, but it poses a significant risk to over 1.5 crore Android smartphones in India.The stealth operations of the malware make it hard to get caught, hence earning its nickname “Agent Smith.” According to Israel-based cyber-security firm CheckPoint, the malware is “disguised as a Google-related application, and exploits known Android vulnerabilities and automatically replaces installed apps with malicious versions without users’ knowledge or interaction.” So far, there hasn’t been any evidence of stealing any data, but a malware residing in your smartphone with deep access cannot be trusted.According to the report, Agent Smith malware displays fraudulent ads for financial gain. But the extent of the malware’s reach can be used to exploit other sensitive information such as retrieving banking credentials or even spying.How does Agent Smith malware work?Agent Smith malware is heavily reliant on third-party app stores. The malware will deceive unsuspecting users disguising itself as a legit Google updating tool. When a user installs an app from a third-party store, in this case, Alibaba-owned 9apps.com, the malware is injected without any indicator of an icon on the screen except for the app installed. Once infected, the malware can alter and replace legit apps like WhatsApp, Hotstar, Jio apps with a malicious update. Android malware alertKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images”Due to its ability to hide it’s icon from the launcher and impersonates any popular existing apps on a device, there are endless possibilities for this sort of malware to harm a user’s device,” the researchers wrote.The easiest tell is if your WhatsApp is showing ads then the device is infected by Agent Smith malware. WhatsApp is planning to show ads in the Status, but the ads shown by the malware are different than that and fraudulent. They don’t seem malicious in the way they could steal your data but hackers make money through the pay-per-click system.Don’t panic!As dangerous as the infection sounds, especially considering the data we store on our phones these days, there’s no reason to go into a panic. First things first, go to the list of applications on your phone, not just from the home screen but from Settings > Apps page. Go through all apps and look for suspicious apps with names like Google Updater, Google Installer for U, Google Powers and Google Installer, and uninstall them. In 2017, over 1 million mobile users worldwide were hit by porn-themed malware attacks.Creative CommonsIt’s also worth pointing out that the malware can only infect your phone if an app is downloaded from a third-party app store. As long as you can stay away from unofficial app stores, you are good to go.last_img read more

Homecoming Festival and Ministries Fair

first_img“Change the World” is the theme for Asbury United Methodist Church’s 2014 Homecoming Festival and Ministries Fair Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Asbury will present an interactive ministry showcase, featuring the congregation’s nurture, outreach and witness programs. The event will include music, dance, food and fun activities for all ages. The Homecoming celebration will conclude Sept. 21 with a 10 a.m. worship service led by Marcus Matthews, resident Bishop of the Washington Episcopal Area and Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Asbury United Methodist Church is located at 926 11th Street, N.W. (between 11th & K). The event is free.  For more information call 202-628-0009 or visit www.asburyumcdc.org.last_img read more

University of Tokyo Expands Second Life Type Games

first_img A team of researchers at the University of Tokyo is in the development stage of presenting an important addition to games like Second Life. The project has not released the details of the work, but Nikkei dot net and Digital World Tokyo have unearthed some fascinating details of the innovation research in progress. The virtual reality prototype allows players to walk around the game environment like explorers examining the various on screen environments. The prototype is a waist mounted camera and a companion specially designed carpet that has fixed points of reference assigned and calibrated for movement in the real world. The apparatus interprets these real world movements into the virtual world either through a headset or big screen display. While neither sources cited which lab or department at the University of Tokyo is working on this almost limitless innovation, there are some likely leaders in the area. An interview by University of Tokyo students with Professor Hirose, Michitaka in 2004 explained the future of “expanded virtual reality,” as it extends to space and time. Professor Hirose, Michitaka is head of the Intelligent Cooperative Systems lab. He explained how going back to the 1990s the virtual world was contained in a box–the computer. His work and others have extended the virtual world to include wearable computers being researched by Ms. Ueoka and virtual experience in ordinary places by Mr. Yamashita. The limitless bounds of virtual reality is the focus of Professor Hirose, Michitaka´s lab.The professor characterized the two schools of virtual reality research. The first is devoted to developing wearable head gear and mobile apparatus The other is devoted to exploring the five senses of human beings. He pointed out that beneath the two there may lay an inner connection. In previous public exhibitions the professor and his collaborators have introduced the CABIN that allowed visitors to step into the huge screens of the display. In addition, another Mayan Civilization display allowed visitors to view a virtual space of information technology and content. The professor is cognizant of the importance of reaching the public at large for promoting the future of virtual reality.In other projects, his team has endeavored to create a 21st century time machine. The Lifelog Project was initially developed to create an oral history of human actions, but has expanded to the ability to predict future actions based upon simulations that can be run through the computer. It is a small wearable device that records human interaction. The complexities of this work defy imagination, but appear to be just another day in the lab for the professor. In a quote from the interview, the professor stated that “the real world is becoming virtualized… and the world of information is free to move forward or backward.” His concern for the future is that while some view the freedom to be a dangerous, “if we free up our imagination, we can develop many interesting things from here.” For further reading on the subject, please see: www.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/res … iles/002/pdf/001.pdf Citation: University of Tokyo Expands Second Life Type Games (2007, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-university-tokyo-life-games.html Second Life Display. Credit: Digital World Tokyo A team of undisclosed researchers at the University of Tokyo have a prototype in development that will bring the public one step closer to entering the Virtual World. Explore further Researcher studies how individuals use technology to engage with their cultures This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

NanoTritium battery is good for twenty years or more

first_img Satellite battery could put Nittany Lion paw print in space City Labs requested defense contractor Lockheed Martin to test their batteries, which were confirmed to operate as specified and to be resistant to extreme temperatures (-50°C to +150°C), and extreme vibration and altitude. The power cell generates electricity using a layer of the radioactive-element tritium, mounted onto a semiconductor. The City Labs’ battery produces nanowatts of power; it is not strong enough to power a cell phone or laptop. This is a low-power battery that can run micro-electronics, anywhere that is hard, dangerous or expensive to reach. Applications include implants such as pacemakers as well as devices in industry (sensors on deep-water oil drills) and defense. This is further described as a commercially-viable “betavoltaic” power source, meaning it’s powered by a radioactive element. Whereas normal batteries are powered by chemical processes, the NanoTritium is powered by physical processes of the benign radioisotope, tritium. The makers point out that tritium is already used in exit signs and divers’ watches. Peter Cabauy and Denset Serralta founded the company in 2005; Cabauy has a PhD in applied physics. Larry Olsen, who also has a PhD in physics, later joined the business. He is known for his work in the 1970s on betavoltaic batteries. He helped to create a betavoltaic power source strong enough to power pacemakers. Olsen is the City Labs director of research. Others on the staff have similarly strong backgrounds in engineering and science. The company was awarded an Air Force contract of nearly $1 million for a higher-power, customized battery, and has been fueled by private investors as well. In a historical review paper about the betavoltaic battery, Olsen, Serralta and Cabauy noted that numerous research groups have continued attempts to commercialize a betavoltaic that is both reliable and safe. Dr. Olsen had published a betavoltaic review suggesting tritium as a safe alternative to other radioisotopes. Independently, City Labs also concluded that tritium could be an excellent candidate for use within a betavoltaic battery design. Available commercially, the device is expected to be valued in the “couple thousand dollar range” at first, Cabauy said, but in time as the company produces more the price may become less. The battery is currently available in “engineering” quantities, according to the company, up to 1,000 a year, and is assembled in the company’s lab. Explore further (Phys.org) — Florida-based City Labs says it has created an adult’s thumb-sized, battery, NanoTritium, that can last 20 years or more in the most extreme conditions, such as extreme temperature and vibrations. © 2012 Phys.Orgcenter_img More information: www.citylabs.net/content/BetavoltaicHistory.pdf Citation: NanoTritium battery is good for twenty years (or more) (2012, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-nanotritium-battery-good-twenty-years.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

What if AIs could collaborate using humanlike values DeepMind researchers propose a

first_imgA paper with inputs from 15 researchers talks about artificial intelligence systems playing a game called Hanabi in a paper titled The Hanabi Challenge: A New Frontier for AI Research. The researchers propose an experimental framework called the Hanabi Learning Environment for the AI research community to test out and advance algorithms. This can help in assessing the performance of the current state-of-the-art algorithms and techniques. What’s special about Hanabi? Hanabi is a two to five player game involving cards with numbers on them. In Hanabi, you are playing against other participants but you also need to trust the imperfect information they provide and make deductions to advance your cards. Hanabi has an imperfect nature as players cannot see their own cards. This game is a test of collaboratively sharing information with discretion. The rules are specified in detail in the research paper. Games have always been used to showcase or test the ability of artificial intelligence and machine learning, be it Go, Chess, Dota 2, or other games. So why would Hanabi be ‘A New Frontier for AI Research’? The difference is that Hanabi needs a bit of human touch to play. Factors like trust, imperfect information, and co-operation come into the picture, with this game which is why it is a good testing ground for AI applications. What’s the paper about? The idea is to test the collaboration of AI agents where the information is limited and only implicit communication is allowed. The researchers say that Hanabi increases reasoning of beliefs and intentions of other AI agents and makes them prominent. They believe that, developing techniques that instill agents with such theory will, in addition to succeeding at Hanabi, unlock ways how agents can collaborate efforts with human partners. The researchers have even introduced an open-source ‘Hanabi Learning Environment’, which is an experimental framework for other researchers to assess their techniques in the environment. To play Hanabi, the theory of mind is necessary, which revolves around human-like traits such as beliefs, intents, desires, etc The human approach of the theory of mind reasoning is important not just in how humans approach this game. It is also about how humans handle communication and interactions when multiple parties are involved.. Results and further work State-of-the-art reinforcement learning algorithms using deep learning are evaluated in the paper. In self-play, they fall short of the hand-coded Hanabi playing bots. In case of collaborative play, they do not collaborate at all. This shows that there is a lot of room for advances in this area related to theory of mind. The code for the Hanabi Learning Environment is being written in Python and C++ and will be available on DeepMind’s GitHub. Its interface is similar to OpenAI Gym. For more details about the game and how the theory will help in testing AI agent interactions, check out the research paper. Read next Curious Minded Machine: Honda teams up with MIT and other universities to create an AI that wants to learn Technical and hidden debts in machine learning – Google engineers’ give their perspective The US Air Force lays groundwork towards artificial general intelligence based on hierarchical model of intelligencelast_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories What weaknesses does Dalton have? It must be tough finding them because we are at the point where his hair color is becoming a discussion. Dalton having red hair has no affect on me. Think that’s a ridiculous claim? Don’t. At least one team has had that cross their mind, according to Peter King. At least one team is thinking not just about Dalton’s brains but also about what’s on top of them. “Has there ever been a red-headed quarterback in the NFL who’s really done well?” a coach asked one reporter last week. “It sounds idiotic, but is there any way that could be a factor? We’ve wondered.”Dalton is a winner. The quarterback won more games as a starting quarterback in the college ranks except for Colt McCoy. If he’s still not taken and the first few picks of the second round have passed, the Cardinals need to take a good, long, hard look at putting him in a red uniform. That is all, of course, under the assumption that the Cardinals haven’t already selected a quarterback with their first pick. If that ends up being the case, that will be a disappointment. On more levels than one. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img The Arizona Cardinals need to draft a quarterback in the NFL Draft next week. What they don’t have to do is draft one with the No. 5 overall pick. When their turn comes in the second round for the 38th pick, if TCU’s Andy Dalton is still on the board he needs to be taken with that pick. Taking him in the second round eliminates the ridiculous amount of signing bonus money you would owe him. I don’t think the difference between Dalton and Blaine Gabbert is that different. And to be completely honest, if both Dalton and Cam Newton were available I would choose Dalton. 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more