Cockatoos can learn from each other how to make and use tools

first_imgFigaro, a Goffin’s cockatoo (Cacatua goffini) housed at a research lab in Austria, stunned scientists a few years ago when he began spontaneously making stick tools from the wooden beams of his aviary. The Indonesian parrots are not known to use tools in the wild, yet Figaro confidently employed his sticks to rake in nuts outside his wire enclosure. Wondering if Figaro’s fellow cockatoos could learn by watching his methods, scientists set up experiments for a dozen of them. One group watched as Figaro used a stick to reach a nut placed inside an acrylic box with a wire-mesh front panel; others saw “ghost demonstrators”—magnets that were hidden beneath a table and that the researchers controlled—displace the treats. Each bird was then placed in front of the box, with a stick just like Figaro’s lying nearby. The group of three males and three females that had watched Figaro also picked up the sticks, and made some efforts reminiscent of his actions. But only those three males, such as the one in the photo above, became proficient with the tool and successfully retrieved the nuts, the scientists report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. None of the females did so; nor did any of the birds, male or female, in the ghost demonstrator group. Because the latter group failed entirely, the study shows that the birds need living teachers, the scientists say. Intriguingly, the clever observers developed a better technique than Figaro’s for getting the treat. Thus, the cockatoos weren’t copying his exact actions, but emulating them—a distinction that implies some degree of creativity. Two of the successful cockatoos were later given a chance to make a tool of their own. One did so immediately (as in the video above), and the other succeeded after watching Figaro. It may be that by learning to use a tool, the birds are stimulated to make tools of their own, the scientists say.last_img read more

Champions League: Dele Alli shines as Tottenham stun champions Real Madrid

first_imgDele Alli condemned Champions League holders Real Madrid to a horrendous Wembley debut with two goals as Tottenham Hotspur reached the last 16 with a stunning 3-1 victory on Wednesday.The 21-year-old England midfielder, making his first appearance in this year’s competition after serving a three-game ban, scored either side of halftime on a memorable night for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.Christian Eriksen was also on target for Tottenham as they proved far superior to end Madrid’s 30-match unbeaten run in Champions League group play.Cristiano Ronaldo replied for Zinedine Zidane’s side but it was in vain as Tottenham sealed a first win in six attempts against the Spanish champions who will face more criticism after falling eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga.Tottenham lead Group H with 10 points with Real on seven, followed by Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia who have two each after a draw in Germany.”We are starting to believe in our potential and quality,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side failed to negotiate the group phase last year, told reporters.”This win makes us more visible and is something that everyone around Europe will have noticed.”Twelve-times champions Real should still qualify but manager Zidane admitted his side were in a rut after the weekend’s defeat at Girona and now a chastening night at Wembley.”It’s a hard defeat to take but it was against a team who played very well and deserved to win,” he said. “We were not able to come up with a response and we are not happy about it.”advertisementBuoyed by their impressive 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu two weeks ago Tottenham began at a high tempo and dominated the opening 20 minutes against a pensive Madrid.Harry Kane, declared fit after missing his side’s weekend loss at Manchester United with a hamstring strain, should have done better with an attempted chip over Real keeper Kiko Casilla who was deputising for injured Keylor Navas.Tottenham right back Kieran Trippier was a constant menace down the right and his first-time volleyed cross caused panic in the Real defence – a portent of things to come for Real.FORAY FORWARDThe hosts suffered a blow when central defender Toby Alderweireld’s evening was cut short as he pulled up with a hamstring injury after a foray forward.Moussa Sissoko replaced him with Eric Dier dropping into defence but it did not slow Tottenham’s momentum as they deservedly went ahead five minutes later.Harry Winks picked out Trippier racing down the right and his volleyed cross found Alli to prod home.Real responded with Casemiro and Ronaldo testing Hugo Lloris but Tottenham should have increased their lead before halftime when Sissoko mis-kicked in front of goal from another Trippier cut back and Kane’s goalbound shot was blocked by Sergio Ramos.A single-goal lead looked vulnerable against the defending champions but Tottenham doubled it nine minutes after the break with Alli sending the Wembley crowd into raptures.The England midfielder was allowed to advance goalwards and his shot deflected off Ramos’s back to completely wrong-foot Casilla.Real, who had lost only one of their last 22 European fixtures, swarmed forward trying to salvage something but their night took a turn for the worse when Tottenham counter-attacked in devastating fashion in the 65th minute, Alli finding Kane who picked out Eriksen to calmly slot home.Ronaldo fired home his sixth goal in this year’s competition to set up a frantic last 10 minutes but Tottenham held firm to avenge their quarter-final defeat by Real in 2011.last_img read more

Mutilated body of abducted 4-year-old girl found

first_imgPatiala, Nov 1 (PTI) The mutilated body of a four-year- old girl, who was abducted on last Tuesday, was found in a forest near National Institute of Sports (NIS) here, police said.The dead body of a girl was allegedly eaten by dogs, they said.Police on Monday had nabbed Ram Singh (23), a friend of the girls father, for allegedly killing her, they said.Singh had allegedly killed the girl as he had enmity with her father over some issue.The accused admitted to the crime during interrogation, the police said, adding his confession helped the police to recover the body.The girl was abducted by the accused while she was playing outside her home on October 24 when the family members were busy in religious function inside their home in local Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar area of the city. PTI COR CHS DIPlast_img read more

Leicester City appoint Brendan Rodgers as new manager

first_imgLeicester City appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager with the 46-year-old signing a deal to June 2022, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Leicester sacked Claude Puel on Sunday, following their 4-1 home league defeat by Crystal Palace.Brendan Rodgers returns to the Premier League for the first time since being sacked by Liverpool in October 2015. He will be taking charge ahead of Sunday’s trip to Watford.”I’m very privileged and honoured to be here as Leicester City manager and I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club,” Rodgers said.”Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward.”Prior to Liverpool he was in charge at Swansea City, where he promoted a brand of possession-based play inspired by his interest in Spanish football.”I’m absolutely delighted to bring a manager of Brendan’s calibre to Leicester and I look forward to seeing what he, our talented, young squad and our dedicated, skilled team of staff can achieve together,” Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.”As projects, including the development of our new training ground and the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium continue to take shape, and as a young squad of great potential begins to mature, Brendan and his colleagues arrive at an exciting time for Leicester City.”Celtic had “reluctantly” given Rodgers permission to speak to the Premier League club earlier on Tuesday.Since arriving at Parkhead in 2016, Rodgers has won two league titles, three Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups.advertisementRodgers’ return to the Premier League at Leicester is a rare case of a club making the perfect appointment: He is young enough to have the hunger and desire to succeed and experienced enough from his time at Swansea and Liverpool to ensure he is ready for what the League can throw at a manager.His former side Celtic are currently eight points clear of local rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership as they chase an eighth consecutive top division title.They reached the group stages of the Champions League in Rodgers’ first two campaigns but were eliminated by AEK Athens in the third qualifying round this season.Earlier this month, Celtic were knocked out of the Europa League at the last 32 stage for the second successive season after being beaten by Valencia.Puel left Leicester after going seven matches without a win in all competitions, a run that left the Foxes 12th in the league standings, eight points above the relegation zone.last_img read more

Time to notice Georginio Wijnaldum, the central figure in Liverpool’s surge

first_imgReuse this content Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face new challenge of winning ugly | Barney Ronay Read more Wijnaldum has completed 90 minutes for Liverpool on 18 occasions this season, including five of their six Champions League games. The only league game he has not been involved in was the 3-1 victory over Burnley last month and that was as part of a host of changes made by Klopp in order to keep his key men as fresh as possible. Practically ever present, the Netherlands international is also Liverpool’s best midfield performer in a number of notable areas, including most completed passes (906) and most completed dribbles (12 out of 19), showing his ability to not only keep Liverpool’s attacking momentum’s ticking over but also drive it forward.“Gini can switch from one mindset to the other and that is pretty good for us,” said Klopp of the player in August before going onto describe him as “outstanding” in the win over Arsenal, Liverpool’s eighth in succession in all competitions. He certainly was and what makes Wijnaldum’s form throughout the season especially noteworthy is he came into it with his place in the side under threat following the summer arrivals of Naby Keïta and Fabinho. His game-time and influence on Liverpool was meant to reduce but instead it has grown to the point where he is the most reliable, consistent and versatile midfielder for the team leading the way.And now for City. Wijnaldum will almost certainly find himself operating in a three-man midfield and tasked with putting pressure on those in blue when they have the ball – specifically the two Silvas, David and Bernardo – and then, when possession is overturned, getting Liverpool’s front three on the front foot as quickly as possible. Disrupt, distribute, run and rotate; instructions Wijnaldum has been following to a tee for some months now. About time more people noticed. Wijnaldum captained PSV to the Eredivisie title in 2015. Photograph: VI-Images/VI-Images via Getty Images Facebook Manchester City Under Klopp, Wijnaldum has operated in both a two-man and three-man midfield, most often as a playmaker but also, on occasion, in a purely defensive role. The emphasis has shifted from scoring goals to providing and preventing them as required in a system underpinned by hard-running and aggressive counterpressing. It’s a lot to take in and, understandably, Wijnaldum initially struggled to adapt. But as his displays this season have shown, Klopp was right to believe that the man who captained PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title in 2015 had the required aggression, stamina, work-rate, discipline, assurance in possession and all-round football intelligence to do so. Topics Read more Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share via Email Pinterest In every title-winning team there is a player whose crucial contribution is largely overlooked by the wider public. A subtle operator among the standout performers who generates few headlines and even fewer accolades. But the fans love him, as does the manager, because they know without him there would be no success, no glory, no shiny silver trophy in the middle of May.It is too early to decide who that figure is in Liverpool’s current side, mainly because it is too early to say for sure that Liverpool are going to win the title. But ahead of Thursday’s potentially pivotal game against Manchester City there is, it feels, a standout candidate. He has featured in all but one of the leaders’ league fixtures this season and been central, literally as well as figuratively, to everything that has gone right for Jürgen Klopp’s side. Yet praise has not come his way, certainly not compared to that which has been received by many others in red. He is the near-invisible man in English football’s most striking team right now and his name is Georginio Wijnaldum. Jürgen Klopp says Manchester City still the best team in the world Share on Messenger Liverpool features Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share on Facebook Put simply, without Wijnaldum there would be no unbeaten run, no string of clean sheets and no stream of goals for the current pace-setters. He more than anyone has stitched together Liverpool’s excellent defence with their excellent attack and is a certainty to face City in the Merseyside club’s biggest game since May’s Champions League final. Klopp confirmed as much by substituting the Dutchman with 12 minutes of Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Arsenal remaining. It was a clear case of “rest up for Thursday, Gini” after yet another superb display from Liverpool’s No 5, and as he departed from the pitch there came a standing ovation from the home crowd, followed by a blast of the Wijnaldum song. They’ve been singing it for some time at Anfield.It has not been easy for Wijnaldum since he joined Liverpool from Newcastle for £25m in July 2016. Indeed, there was a level of scepticism to his very arrival given the player’s generally underwhelming displays for a Newcastle team that were relegated during his one season on Tyneside. He scored 11 goals in 38 league appearances, an average total for an international attacking midfielder, and particularly so given all of those goals came at home, with four arriving in one game – against Norwich.But that did not deter Klopp, primarily because he recognised there was more to Wijnaldum than meets the eye. “He can play a few positions and players that come through the Dutch system usually have a good tactical understanding,” he said upon acquiring the player, and increasingly the 28-year-old has vindicated his manager’s belief in what he can provide the team.last_img read more

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche: Hendrick has much to offer

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche: Hendrick has much to offerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Dyche is pleased with the impact of Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick.The Burnley boss saw Hendrick’s late goal hand them a 1-1 draw at Brighton last time out. “I just think he can affect the game in so many different ways,” Dyche said of his midfielder.“Probably the biggest thing I’ve spoken to him about is scoring goals – adding to that side of the game.“He’s a big lad, he can head it, he can strike it as you’ve seen. He did very well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Clay Travis Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Clay Travis region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Clay Travis Region Below1. Clay Travis vs. 16. Jim RomeClay TravisRome isn’t burning anymore, but Clay’s hot takes do enough melting for this entire field. More Annoying: Clay Travis vs. Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 15. Jim NantzDicky VImpossible to fall asleep when Vitale is on the broadcast. Impossible not to when it’s Nantz. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Jim Nantz?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 14. Ron JaworskiGottliebSyracuse fans, among others, can’t stand Gottlieb. Jaws’ shtick is played out too. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or Ron Jaworski?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 13. Chris ChaseKeith Olbermann Chris ChaseOlbermann can’t figure out how to play nice in the sandbox. Chase is infamous for going against the grain.  More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Chris Chase?5. Erin Andrews vs. 12. Lee Corsoerin andrewsSome think Andrews looks annoyed all the time. Some don’t like Corso’s shenanigans each Saturday. More Annoying: Erin Andrews or Lee Corso?6. Kirk Herbstreit vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaKirk HerbstreitHerbstreit gets it from basically every fan base, regardless of which teams he picks. Spencer Hall, Ryan Nanni, Jason Kirk and Rodger Sherman are basically all the same person. More Annoying: Kirk Herbstreit or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?7. Max Kellerman vs. 10. Barstool Sports GuysKellerman BarstoolWe’re still not sure how Kellerman weaseled his way back onto ESPN. And you either love or hate Barstool. More Annoying: Max Kellerman or Barstool Sports?8. Rick Reilly vs. 9. Todd McShayRick ReillyReilly had it first on Twitter, we’re told. McShay’s back-and-forth with Kiper could be its own category. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Todd McShay?Vote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Here >>>last_img read more

Vivo APEX 2019 quick review: Button-less, port-less, stunning, and impractical

first_imgVivo APEX 2019 quick review: Button-less, port-less, stunning, and impracticalThe APEX 2019 is Vivo’s first 5G smartphone that offers a Curved-Surface Waterdrop Glass and it has no openings, seams or bezels. That also means it has no ports. It has no buttons. And it is not practical. advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 13:13 IST HIGHLIGHTSVivo’s APEX journey started in 2018, when the company launched the first APEX.The Vivo APEX 2019 is as curvy as it can get from the edges.For the APEX 2019, Vivo has removed the physical buttons and adopted Touch Sense technology.Logic will let you create functional products. But it is passion, and a dash of engineering madness, that you need to create magic. The Vivo APEX 2019 is that magic. It’s not practical. But it is magic.Vivo’s APEX journey started in 2018, when the company launched the first APEX. In fact, it is a misnomer to say launch here. Vivo showcased APEX, the world’s first pop-up selfie camera phone. Now the pop-up camera technology has become a trend in the smartphone world. There are phones like Vivo NEX, Vivo V15 Pro, Oppo F11 Pro that come with pop-up selfie camera and are available in the market right now. Reports suggest that the next OnePlus flagship — most likely the OnePlus 7 — will also come with a pop-up camera.In 2019, now Vivo hopes to set another trend and for that the company is back with APEX 2019. The Vivo APEX 2019 was announced in January this year. The APEX 2019 is Vivo’s first 5G smartphone that offers a Curved-Surface Waterdrop Glass and it has no openings, seams or bezels. That also means it has no ports. It has no buttons. And it is not practical.Let’s set aside practicality for a minute, though. Let’s celebrate what APEX 2019 is, a gorgeous vision of future. But there are questions: If this future,. How does it charge? Or power up? Or adjusts the volume? Let’s see.Looks stunningOver here at India Today Tech, I spent a day with the Vivo APEX 2019 and I believe it is a beautiful phone. This is a smartphone with no cutouts anywhere, no buttons, and also no ports. The Vivo APEX 2019 is as curvy as it can get from the edges. It sports near oval shaped design. This buttonless Vivo phone comes with “Super Unibody” curved all-glass design which gives a premium touch to the smartphone.advertisement The Vivo APEX 2019 sports a big screen that measures 6.39-inches and is topped with an AMOLED panel. Vivo APEX 2019 has also got rid of the bezels on the sides — almost. The display of the Vivo APEX is big and also bright. It is excellent for multimedia usage like watching videos. Keeping the brightness level of the screen below 50 per cent worked perfectly for me in both outside and indoor situations.No buttons and portsFor the APEX 2019, Vivo has removed the physical buttons and adopted Touch Sense technology. This means there’s no headphone jack, USB port, or physical volume and power buttons on the APEX 2019. This Vivo phone uses Haptic Touch technology on the sides of the phone that helps turn the screen on, increase or decrease the volume, power the phone on and off, and other things. Looks cool and this I believe could be the future.Initially, it took me some time to get used to the touch functionality but I got used to the system in. Around 15 minutes. I wish the Haptic Touch technology was smoother but then considering this is a concept phone and not for the consumers we can ignore that a bit. As APEX 2019 is a concept phone it doesn’t allow users to make calls or anything. So, there is no SIM tray or even microSD card slot of the phone. Now, that there are no ports, some would wonder how will the phone charge or how to listen to music via headphones. For the APEX 2019, Vivo has replaced the USB ports with a MagPort, which is basically a magnetic power connector that enables both charging and data transfer. The MagPort is placed at the bottom of the phone on the rear panel. On the top, center of the back panel the Vivo APEX 2019 includes dual cameras followed by a LED flash. I couldn’t test the camera much due to time constraints. On the rear panel, the Vivo APEX consists of a primary sensor of 12MP and secondary sensor of 13MP paired with a LED flash.Full-screen fingerprint sensor concept is brilliantThe Vivo APEX 2019 comes equipped with Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology. As the name suggests the Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology covers the entire display and turns the full screen into a fingerprint sensor. You will just need to register your fingerprint and after that, you can click anywhere on the screen to unlock the phone. The Full-Display Fingerprint Scanning technology enables users to touch almost anywhere on the screen to unlock the device seamlessly. The phone also supports Vivo’s cutting-edge Fingerprint Light function — this means that when the user’s finger is close to the display, the pixels around the touch point will automatically light up as an additional light source to help obtain a clear fingerprint image.advertisementIn my one day of usage time, there were occasions the sensor misread the fingers and I had to unlock the phone by entering the passcode. There’s no face unlock support in this Vivo phone as no there is no selfie camera. Yes, the Vivo APEX 2019 doesn’t include a selfie camera on the front. Now that the Vivo APEX 2019 is a seamless phone there are also no speaker grills like most smartphones. For the APEX 2019, Vivo turns its display into a speaker by using Body SoundCasting technology. Vivo has transformed the entire APEX 2019 display into a speaker via the screen vibration function, avoiding the need for a speaker grill.Vivo’s first Snapdragon 855 powered 5G phoneThe APEX 2019 is Vivo’s first 5G smartphone that runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with X50 modem. The phone comes with a large memory of 12GB RAM paired with 256GB of internal storage. It also comes equipped with Jovi AI Assistant which is found in most of the recently launched Vivo phones. Well, considering it is a concept phone, the device won’t be available to the consumers — not in India, not anywhere else globally. In fact, just like last year we may see Vivo using some of the technologies from the APEX 2019 in its upcoming phones later this year.Last year Vivo adapted the pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor technology and used them in Vivo NEX, and later in the Vivo V15 Pro and V11 Pro, respectively. The same can happen this year too, however, there is no official word from Vivo on this yet.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) announced with S Pen supportALSO READ | Oppo F11 Pro review: Big display, bulky design and long-lasting batteryALSO READ | Vivo V15 vs Oppo F11 Pro: Battle of pop-up cameraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow vivoFollow android Nextlast_img read more

Govt Pursuing Private Partnerships for Development of Health Sector

first_imgMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has indicated that the Government will be pursuing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the development of the health sector.Dr. Ferguson, who was speaking at Tuesday’s (January 29) press launch of Heart Month 2013 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, said the arrangement is ideal, as it will facilitate private investments and allow the Government optimal use of its fiscal space.“We have had to get creative in our response to finance our growing health care needs. We realise that Government cannot continue to provide all the start-up financing required to update and modernise our health infrastructure and delivery systems,” he stated.[RELATED: Health Ministry Working on Strategic Cancer Plan]He noted that in the past, the Ministry has had some partnership arrangements outside of a prescribed policy guideline, but said that a national policy framework for public private partnerships, developed by the Development Bank of Jamaica, was recently passed in Parliament. “Within this policy framework, the Ministry will enter into further PPP arrangements, taking account of the requirement specifics of health and healthcare,” he stated.According to Dr. Ferguson, having a structured PPP policy guideline provides for streamlining of PPP arrangements, improved transparency and broadening of access. The policy will also allow the Government to cut costs, reduce risks, and increase coverage levels, output quality, and efficiency.He said that while almost all areas of the public health system can benefit from PPPs, the Government would seek to promote some areas based on strategic and policy direction. These areas include: technologically intense services such as cancer treatment and dialysis; infrastructure development; health information management systems; pharmacy services; diagnostic services; health promotion interventions; non-clinical support services; training and research.Turning to other matters, the Minister told the gathering that the Government has been fine-tuning a gift policy designed to rationalise and streamline donations to the public health sector.Additionally, he informed, the Ministry is in the process of finalising the national strategic plan on non-communicable disease in the first quarter of the new fiscal year; establish a disease registry beginning with a cancer, hypertension and diabetes registry, and giving additional support to the renal registry.Heart Month 2013 is being observed under the theme: ‘Risks for Heart Disease: Does Sex Matter?’The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has organised a month of awareness and educational activities up to February 28, which includes an outside broadcast on Friday, February 1 at the Foundation’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston; and a thanksgiving church service on February 3, at the Providence Methodist Church.There will also be a screening at the Duhaney Park Health Centre in Kingston on February 4; a media appreciation day at the Foundation; and plaza promotions and broadcasts on Friday, February 8, at the Sovereign Centre, Liguanea Lane Plaza, Boulevard Shopping Centre, Michi Shopping Centre; Tropical Plaza, Portmore Mall, and Spanish Town Shopping Centre.There will also be screenings in rural towns such as Brown’s Town and St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; Montego Bay, St. James; Lionel Town and Kellits in Clarendon; Porus in Manchester; Bellefield in St. Elizabeth and Lyssons in St. Thomas. Some 83,000 Jamaicans used the services of the Heart Foundation in 2011.The launch also saw presentations by Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Marilyn Lawrence Wright on ‘Gender and cardiovascular disease’; and on the ‘role of the Heart Foundation in preventing cardiovascular disease’, by Executive Director of the Foundation and Vice President of the World Heart Federation, Deborah Chen.last_img read more

Musquodoboit Harbour Residents Getting Better Care Sooner at New CEC

first_imgNova Scotians living in the Musquodoboit Harbour area are already seeing the benefits of same-day or next-day medical appointments and 24/7 access to emergency care at the collaborative emergency centre at the Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital. Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson joined representatives from Capital Health in Musquodoboit Harbour today, Feb. 28, to officially open the province’s newest CEC. “Because of collaborative emergency centres, families across rural Nova Scotia have access to the care they need, when and where they need it,” Mr. Wilson said. “CECs are an innovative solution that is helping to deliver on this government’s commitment to providing better care sooner.” Since Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital moved to the CEC model in November, more than 1,600 patients have been treated by the team of doctors, nurses, and paramedics that staff the centre. “Having a collaborative emergency centre in our district helps us to provide consistent and reliable care for the citizens of Musquodoboit Harbour and surrounding communities,” said Barbara Hall, vice-president of patient-centred care, Capital Health. “Over the last few months, patients have had improved access to care by their family doctors plus 24/7 emergency care.” The centre serves Musquodoboit Harbour and surrounding areas, including Ship Harbour, Jeddore, Meaghers Grant, Porters Lake, Lake Echo and Mineville. “The collaborative emergency centre model is helping us to provide more timely care for patients,” said Dr. Robert Merritt, tri-facilities site chief. “Patients are able to make same-day appointments for their urgent health care needs that require prompt treatment.” Collaborative emergency centres are now open in Parrsboro, Springhill, Tatamagouche, Pugwash and Annapolis Royal. CECs have are also planned for Middle Musquodoboit, Lunenburg and New Waterford. Other provinces are following Nova Scotia’s progressive and innovative approach to health care. Saskatchewan announced it will implement a similar model after visiting Parrsboro, and Prince Edward Island is also looking into adopting the model. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner.last_img read more

Parties Agree to MediationArbitration to Settle Health Care Agreements

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre and Province of Nova Scotia have reached an agreement in principle with the Council of Unions to create a mediation-arbitration process to resolve any outstanding issues following collective bargaining. As part of the agreement, the parties will suspend the right to strike or lock out during this round of bargaining. The Council of Unions includes the Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions, Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions, Nova Scotia Council of Health Administrative Professional Unionsand the Nova Scotia Council of Health Support Unions. This round of health-care collective bargaining has been unusually complex with the merging of 50 agreements into eight. Given this complexity, all parties agreed that a final and binding mediation-arbitration process is the best way to resolve outstanding issues. The adoption of this process is subject to ratification by union members.last_img read more

Proclamation de la loi sur les chiens dassistance

first_imgLes droits des utilisateurs de chiens d’assistance de vivre, de magasiner, de se déplacer et d’accéder aux mêmes endroits et services que tous les autres Néo-Écossais seront protégés grâce à l’entrée en vigueur de la loi sur les chiens d’assistance (Service Dog Act) le 27 juin. « Les chiens d’assistance sont spécialement dressés et offrent du soutien essentiel aux Néo-Écossais, affirme Mark Furey, ministre de la Justice. Cette loi confirme les droits des équipes de chien d’assistance et aide les entreprises à identifier les chiens d’assistance certifiés. » Il y a de plus en plus de diversité dans le type de chiens d’assistance qui offrent du soutien aux Néo-Écossais, y compris les personnes atteintes d’un trouble de l’autisme, de problèmes de mobilité, d’un trouble de stress post-traumatique et de crises épileptiques. Les chiens d’assistance sont spécialement dressés pour venir en aide aux gens dans leurs activités quotidiennes, par exemple sonner à une porte, assurer l’équilibre et la stabilité, alerter ou intervenir en cas de crise épileptique ou diabétique et d’autres tâches. « Mon chien d’assistance, Maggie, est vital pour moi, souligne Kevin Johnson, ancien premier intervenant blessé dans l’exercice de ses fonctions. Cette loi est importante, non seulement pour les utilisateurs de chiens d’assistance, mais aussi pour les entreprises et tous les Néo-Écossais. » « J’ai été dans des situations où on m’a refusé accès et où mon chien d’assistance a été considéré comme un animal domestique. Cette loi assure mon accès aux endroits où toute autre personne peut aller et fait en sorte que tout le monde comprend que les chiens d’assistance sont des chiens spécialement dressés qui sont aussi essentiels qu’un fauteuil roulant ou qu’une canne. Ce ne sont pas toutes les blessures qui sont visibles. » La loi établit un registraire responsable de l’application de la loi, de la certification et de l’identification visuelle des équipes de chien d’assistance. L’identification aidera les gens et les entreprises à déterminer quels utilisateurs de chiens d’assistance sont admissibles à la protection des droits. La loi énumère également les pénalités imposées pour le refus des droits et pour la fausse représentation d’un chien comme membre d’une équipe de chien d’assistance. Aux premiers stades, l’accent sera mis sur l’éducation, la sensibilisation et les avertissements, ce qui permettra aux Néo-Écossais de mieux comprendre la nouvelle loi et les droits des utilisateurs de chiens d’assistance. « Nous avons été d’ardents défenseurs de cette loi dès le début, et nous sommes ravis qu’elle entre enfin en vigueur, déclare Jim Cormier, directeur du Conseil canadien du commerce de détail pour le Canada atlantique. Cette loi aidera les utilisateurs de chiens d’assistance à profiter de leur indépendance et permettra à un plus grand nombre de personnes de magasiner dans nos établissements. » Pour obtenir un certificat d’accès aux droits en vertu de la loi sur les chiens d’assistance (Service Dog Act), les utilisateurs de chiens d’assistance peuvent se procurer un formulaire de demande sur le site Web ou en communiquant avec le bureau du programme de chiens d’assistance. Certains chiens pourraient devoir se soumettre à des tests pour confirmer qu’ils répondent aux normes imposées. Les équipes certifiées recevront une carte d’identité provinciale, ce qui offrira une façon simple et uniforme de vérifier qu’un chien est certifié et qu’il répond aux normes supérieures de dressage et de comportement. La carte d’identité provinciale sera offerte gratuitement. Ces mesures visent à réduire les malentendus et à permettre aux équipes certifiées de profiter pleinement des établissements publics sans aucun délai. Une campagne de sensibilisation et d’éducation a été lancée aujourd’hui 13 juin afin d’aider les Néo-Écossais à mieux comprendre l’important travail des chiens d’assistance et d’apprendre comment interagir de façon appropriée avec une équipe de chien d’assistance. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/servicedogs (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Farmers enjoying low fuel prices but waiting for other shoe to drop

Farmers enjoying low fuel prices but waiting for other shoe to drop CALGARY – Decades of boom-and-bust commodity prices, worker shortages and being at the mercy of the weather has virtually removed the word optimism from the vocabulary of many Canadian farmers.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many are looking at the current run of low fuel costs with a certain degree of suspicion.“At the moment things are good right now,” said Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, who also farms 600 hectares near Enchant in southern Alberta.“If it lasts into spring is going to be another question. In the long run, though, you’ve got to think about all the infrastructure that relies on that fuel price and if some of that stuff is delayed or not done that could hurt us in the future too.”The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.One of the biggest costs on the farm is fuel for farm equipment.Diesel fuel has dropped significantly to less than $1 a litre on the Prairies.“It’s significant on a larger farm if you can lower your fuel costs by a third,” said Gary Stanford, who farms 2,000 hectares southwest of Lethbridge.But there is doubt.“If the oil price stays down too low, and the federal government can’t afford to keep their budgets going, and they start looking for revenue, I’m hoping they’re not going to try and put this on the back of farmers and raise our taxes,” Stanford said.“The oil seems like it’s a real benefit when it’s low but there could be some harm in the long term.”Joel Jackson is an analyst with BMO Capital Markets who focuses on fertilizer companies. He said fuel prices aren’t what will make or break a farmer’s bottom line. Fertilizer and seeds are among the biggest expenses.“There’s some tailwind from lower energy prices, but it’s easily offset by weather and yield volatility.”In addition, the price of some crops, such as corn, have historically risen and fallen in tandem with oil prices, Jackson said.Stanford would like to see lower fuel costs reduce the cost of transporting grain to market by rail and truck.Jacobson said the savings could be substantial if low prices continue. He spent between $50,000 and $60,000 on fuel last year.“With fuel prices down where they are, for our farm it will probably result in a 20 or 25 per cent reduction in the price of what we paid for gas and fuel last year. It’s a major saving,” he said.“We could save potentially $10,000 this year.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Workers load brussels sprouts on a tractor in a field in Chilliwack, B.C. Monday, Nov.11, 2013. Decades of boom-and-bust commodity prices, worker shortages and being at the mercy of the weather has virtually removed the word optimism from the vocabulary of many Canadian farmers.So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many are looking at the current run of low fuel costs with a certain degree of suspicion.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward by Bill Graveland and Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2015 8:00 am MDT read more

Somalia Welcoming new Federal Parliament Ban urges completion of electoral process

“The successful inauguration of the Parliament marks further progress in ensuring political stability and security in Somalia,” said a statement issued overnight by Mr. Ban’s spokesman.The tenth Parliament of Somalia was inaugurated in a ceremony yesterday that saw 283 parliamentarians take an oath of allegiance.In the statement, the Secretary-General urged the new Parliament to now maintain the momentum by moving swiftly to complete the electoral process, with the election of the Speakers of both houses and the Federal President.“The Parliament should tackle urgent legislative priorities, including establishing a permanent Constitution of Somalia, in the larger interest of the people of Somalia,” the statement added.Further, the Secretary-General called on the authorities to fill all remaining vacant seats in the Parliament expeditiously, while fulfilling their obligation to ensure that the seats reserved for women are filled by women. He also emphasized that any irregularity, abuse, or malpractice reported by the federal and state electoral bodies should be fully addressed to preserve the credibility of the process.The Secretary-General commended the hard work of the Somali security forces and the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in providing a secure environment for the 2016 electoral process in Mogadishu and in the regional capitals, the statement added. According to the UN Department of Political Affairs, the United Nations has been engaged with Somalia since 1991 to support its Government and people to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation, following two decades of lawlessness and conflict.The Security Council established the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) on 3 June 2013 to provide policy advice to the Federal Government and AMISOM in the areas of governance, security sector reform and rule of law, and development of a federal system, including preparations for elections in 2016. read more

Report Former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence to transfer to Eastern

Former Ohio State defensive lineman Noah Spence is transferring to Eastern Kentucky, according to multiple reports.Spence, who last played for OSU in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, was initially suspended for three games for failing a drug test. He sat out the 2014 Orange Bowl and the Buckeyes’ first two games of the 2014-15 season.Less than 24 hours before Spence was set to return to action against Kent State on Sept. 13, it was announced that he had failed a second drug test. That failed test ultimately led to a ban from Big Ten play just days before the Buckeyes’ annual tilt with Michigan.Spence appealed his eligibility, but was denied.In his two seasons as a Buckeye, Spence totaled nine sacks and 64 total tackles, and would have been eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft after this past season.Spence is eligible to play immediately at Eastern Kentucky per NCAA rules.Requests for comment from Spence and Eastern Kentucky were not immediately answered.The Colonels are set to kick off their 2015 season on Sept. 3 against Valparaiso in Richmond, Ky. read more

Virat Kohli achieves double honour as Wisden 2019 is published

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHope named one of Wisden’s top five cricketers of the yearApril 12, 2018In “latest news”ICC awards: Virat Kohli wins big three after fantastic 2018January 22, 2019In “Sports”Kohli, Smith win big at ICC awardsJanuary 18, 2018In “latest news” Virat KohliVirat Kohli’s reputation as the outstanding cricketer of his generation has been further enhanced by a brace of accolades in the 2019 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published today (Wednesday).Kohli, who will lead India’s World Cup campaign in England later this year, has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World for an unprecedented third year in a row.He has also achieved one of the few accolades to have eluded him in his career so far, by being named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year, the oldest individual award in the sport.Jos Buttler and Sam Curran were also named among the five cricketers, following their key roles in England’s summer campaigns, alongside Rory Burns, Surrey’s championship-winning captain, and Tammy Beaumont, the outstanding player in another successful year for England’s women.Kohli’s fellow Indian, Smriti Mandhana, is the Leading Cricketer in the women’s game, after racking up 1291 runs across limited-overs formats, including 13 half-centuries, while Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner, is the Leading Twenty20 Cricketer for the second year in a row.Kohli, however, was the sport’s dominant figure in 2018, making 2735 international runs at 68.37 across all formats, more than 700 more than his nearest challenger, England’s Joe Root.In that time, he scored a remarkable 11 centuries in 37 innings, seven of which came on India’s tours of South Africa, England and Australia, traditionally three of toughest venues for overseas batsmen.His form on the Test tour of England was particularly outstanding – although India slipped to a 4-1 series defeat, Kohli himself made 593 runs in the five Tests at 59.30, including hundreds at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.And, as a consequence of making such a big impact on the English season, he was finally named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year, an honour that dates back to 1889.Wisden states that “excellence in, or influence on, the previous English summer are the major criteria for inclusion as a Cricketer of the Year”, and seeing as Kohli had managed just 134 runs at 13.40 on his previous Test tour in 2014, this was his first real opportunity to claim an exclusive honour that – unlike the Leading Cricketer award – can only be achieved once in any player’s career.“Despite finishing on the losing side, India captain Virat Kohli shone with the bat, laying to rest his struggles in England in 2014,” said Wisden’s editor, Lawrence Booth.“His Test batting, especially in England, was magnificent, while his 50-over form moved to a new level – if that was possible.”Elsewhere in the 2019 Wisden, the Almanack’s 156th edition, Booth reflects on another eventful year for the sport, which included the fall-out from Australia’s ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town , and the retirement of England’s leading Test run-scorer, Alastair Cook, who features on the front cover alongside England’s leading wicket-taker, James Anderson.“There was more to him than met the eye,” Booth wrote in his Notes By the Editor. “Sluggish between the wickets, he was fitter than anyone. Possessing only three strokes against the seamers – the cut and the pull grew scarce as bowlers cottoned on, leaving the nudge off the hip – he made more Test runs than any other left-hander or opener.“And he took his only Test wicket while impersonating Bob Willis. When Radio 4’s “World At One” cut to a clip of Cook “doing what he did best”, that wicket is what they came up with, as if his 12,472 runs had passed them by.“But in one respect Cook was no paradox: for mental strength, England has never seen anyone like him. Even his parting shot – 71 and 147 against the world’s No.1 side [India] – required him to rediscover the edge he said had deserted him. We shouldn’t have been surprised.”In Cook’s absence, Booth is pessimistic about the prospects of England’s Test team uncovering another top-order batsman to replace his grit and resolve – not least given the advent in 2020 of the ECB’s new competition, The Hundred, a format about which he is scathing.“Quite what a 100-ball tournament will do to England’s search for a Test top order does not bear thinking about,” he wrote. “If only someone at the ECB had been on hand last year to explain why they thought it a good idea to stake cricket’s wellbeing on a form of the game played nowhere else in the world.”“England’s openers were once the envy of the world; gutsy, stoical, pragmatic, they may even have embodied a certain Britishness. Now, it’s a pleasant surprise when one survives until lunch.”“It is not easy to see what can be done while the domestic schedule treats four-day cricket as an inconvenience … unless the Championship can reclaim the turf of high summer, the flow of hopeful young openers will slow to a trickle.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Body found at Guinness Bar in NA

The body of a man was this morning (Saturday, September 7, 2019) found at the Guinness Bar at Main Street and Lad Lane, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne).The dead man has been identified as 55-year-old Junior Quintin also called ‘Hammer’ of 58 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam.He was reportedly found lying face down in the compound of the bar.INews understands that no visible marks of violence were initially seen on the body. However smoking utensils were found next to him.The bar reportedly closed its doors shortly after midnight on Friday and according to operators, Quintin was reportedly not there at the time.Meanwhile, guards stationed at Citizens Bank, which is situated next door to the Guinness Bar, reported not seeing or hearing anything strange during the night.‘Hammer’ was a known character around the Town and had been frequently getting into misunderstandings with residents.His body is currently at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Suspect in fatal stabbing of GDF rank turns self inJanuary 2, 2019In “Crime”GDF rank stabbed to death during row over payment for GuinnessDecember 31, 2018In “Crime”24-year-old man commits suicide – in New AmsterdamJanuary 16, 2016In “Crime” read more

Port Kaituma man charged for assaulting brothers

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related32 – Year – old charged with rape of 6 – year – oldApril 2, 2014In “Crime”Man charged for stabbing stepdaughter’s friendJune 10, 2019In “Court”Man remanded for fracturing ex-lover’s noseSeptember 9, 2019In “Court” A 20-year-old man was Wednesday charged for assaulting his two brothers when he made his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.Ruel Henry of Port Kaituma, Region One, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.It is alleged that on September 6, 2019, he unlawfully assaulted Sherwyn Henry and Roger Henry by biting them and hitting them with a piece of wood.The unrepresented man, when asked by the magistrate why he committed the offence, related that: “them assault me first”.Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield stated that on the day in question the defendant and his two brothers had an argument, which resulted in a fight.The court further heard that the defendant bit Sherwyn, then armed himself with a wood and dealt both Sherwyn and Roger several lashes.The Magistrate released the defendant on self-bail and adjourned the matter to November 6, 2019 at Matthews Ridge Magistrates’ Courts.Henry was also placed on a bond to keep the peace until the hearing and commencement of the trial. read more

No more tax exemptions for certain Toyota vehicles after November

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA stipulates new procedures for registering certain types of vehicles in ‘B’ SeriesDecember 25, 2014In “Business”GRA announces commencement of “WW” registration seriesJanuary 24, 2017In “latest news”GRA concerned with police targeting Toyota Spacio Hire CarsMay 14, 2014In “Crime” After November 30, 2019, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will not be allowing tax exemptions on certain Toyota vehicles being registered in the G series.The tax agency in a notice on Saturday said it decided to extend the July 1, 2019, deadline so that imported vehicles can be registered.Previously, GRA halted the registration of the Toyota Noah (Model # ARZ60); Toyota Voxy (Model # ARZ60); Toyota Liteace (Model # KR52); Toyota Grand Hiace (Model # ACH); Toyota Alphard (Model # MNH); Toyota Regius (Model # RCH) and Nissan Serana (Model # TC) in the G series since it was found that the vehicles are not being used for the purpose intended.Vehicles registered in the G series are intended to be used for the transportation of goods. They are not supposed to have seats to cater for passengers, however, it was found that the owners of such vehicles are using them to accommodate passengers.As a consequence, the agency said, “Importers are also advised that no extension will be granted beyond the November 30, 2019 deadline. After this date, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will no longer be granting tax exemptions for these models of motor vehicles to be registered in the ‘G’ Series”.The tax exemptions of those vehicles in G were halted on July 1, 2019, but GRA said it has extended the timeline to November 30, 2019, to allow dealers to sell their vehicles which were imported prior to June 30, 2019 deadline.The tax collection agency said, “The public is reminded that this directive was issued because many owners of the said models of vehicles, though registered as goods (G) vehicles and thereby exempted from excise taxes, utilised the vehicles for purposes unrelated to the G registration category. The public is also reminded that persons breaching the requirements will be subjected to fines and penalties or be required to remit the duties previously exempted.” read more

SRG Global wins service contract at South32s Worsley alumina operation

first_imgConstruction, maintenance and mining service group, SRG Global says it has secured a long-term contract with South32’s Worsley Alumina subsidiary in Australia.The ASX-listed service provider will deliver a “complete suite” of engineered access solutions for the Worsley alumina operation, including scaffold services and highly skilled rope access technicians, it said.The contract is for an initial three-year term with extension options for a further three years, SRG said, explaining that, if Worsley Alumina exercises the extension options, the total contract duration will be six years.Works under this contract commence in June and are expected to generate revenues of circa-A$60 million ($41 million) over the six-year term or around $32 million over the initial three-year term, according to SRG.“The contract requires minimal capital outlay and will increase SRG Global’s workforce by circa-100 full-time positions,” SRG said.SRG Global Managing Director, David Macgeorge, said, “The opportunity to work with a world-renowned mining company like South32 at its long-established Worsley Alumina project in South West WA is a great achievement for SRG Global. The effort our team put in during the competitive tendering process is admirable and I commend them on a fantastic result.“This contract also represents a significant advancement in the group’s long-term strategy to deliver recurring term revenue within the asset services sector.”As part of the Worsley Alumina operations, bauxite is mined near the town of Boddington, 130 km southeast of Perth, Western Australia. It is then transported on the largest overland conveyor belt in the southern hemisphere, for more than 50 km, to a refinery near the town of Collie, where bauxite is turned into alumina.last_img read more