Pregnant woman without doctor not the norm in Nova Scotia health minister

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister is sidestepping questions about whether he thinks it’s acceptable that a Cape Breton woman who is halfway through her pregnancy still doesn’t have a family doctor.Kirsten DeJong, who moved to Boularderie, N.S., from Ontario in 2015, said Thursday that she now has an appointment with an obstetrician at the end of the month, but only after months of phone calls to nurse practitioners, clinics and doctor’s offices.“I get there’s a shortage, but come on. We’re in Canada and I’m pregnant,” said the 32-year-old woman.“The biggest thing when you get pregnant is you want that confirmation. You want to hear the heartbeat. You want to see the baby. You want something. I haven’t been able to get that.”Health Minister Randy Delorey told reporters that it’s “important to recognize” the Nova Scotia Health Authority does have a referral process in place to address situations like DeJong’s — adding that “to my knowledge this isn’t the norm of situations that take place in the province.”“This situation does show that the individual did get the referral and is getting in to see the specialists that they need to help manage and monitor their progress,” said Delorey.Delorey did say he was concerned about the number of times DeJong had to reach out for help, but again wouldn’t say whether her story was a symptom of growing problems with the province’s health care system.He said short-term solutions that would provide immediate patient access “don’t exist” in Nova Scotia or elsewhere in the country.“What does exist is recognizing that we do have to take steps to improve the availability of primary care providers.”Delorey said that’s why the province has been highlighting steps like increasing the number of residency positions and planned expansions to collaborative care teams — although the effects of those initiatives are likely years away.DeJong said she became pregnant in late July and soon after called the closest midwife, about a half hour’s drive away, but was turned down because of the distance.DeJong, who is on the health authority’s wait-list for a family doctor, said she called countless nurse practitioners and doctor’s offices looking for a family doctor or an obstetrician, but nobody was taking on new clients.She then attempted to book an appointment with a pre-natal clinic at a hospital in Sydney, N.S., but was told she needed to go to an emergency or walk-in clinic for a referral to a doctor.DeJong eventually caved in and visited the emergency clinic at the end of September and obtained a referral for an obstetrician, but she still hadn’t heard anything a month after her visit.She remembered the doctor’s name so she called herself, and was told they had been trying to reach her, but were apparently calling an incorrect number. Nevertheless, they were calling to say they could not take her on. After pleading with them, they eventually agreed to see her at the end of November.DeJong said her plight highlights the province’s doctor shortage, which she said has reached “crisis” levels in Cape Breton.“As soon as you cross that causeway, I swear we’re cut off … The midwives said they could have hooked me up with a doctor in Antigonish. That’s horrible. I can get a doctor if I go on the other side of the causeway, but I can’t get one here where I live,” said DeJong, who has one daughter.In addition to the doctor shortages, the province’s health care system has been plagued by chronic problems related to emergency room closures in rural areas and overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms.Delorey said there are no “instant fixes” to problems that have existed for years, and in a province that is only two years into a significant restructuring of health care administration — moving from 10 health authorities to two.Still, he insists improvements have been made.“We see individuals in the province who under the old model would be waiting on wait lists … and not have the opportunity to transfer and receive those services in another community where wait lists may be shorter,” Delorey said. “Under the new authority we are already seeing that happen.”last_img read more

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Tensions high after days of fighting in Sudanese state – UN

Gunfire was still being heard and looting was going on in Kadugli, the Southern Kordofan capital, from where large numbers of residents have fled, according to an update by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).It remains unclear how many civilians have been displaced by the violence, but up to 3,000 people have gathered near the UNMIS compound in Kadugli town. The mission had set aside safe areas for nearly 1,500 people, and a humanitarian assessment was due to take place today to determine the needs of those displaced.UN peacekeepers are patrolling Kadugli and UNMIS has reinforced its military presence with a company of Bangladeshi troops from Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said that it has provided food aid to an estimated 86,300 people displaced by the recent military confrontation in the disputed area of Abyei.In addition WFP distributed rations of the ready-to-use therapeutic food, known as PlumpyDoz, to prevent malnutrition among some 1,910 displaced children under the age of two.“WFP is concerned with the disruption of livelihoods in the Abyei area. This is the height of the planting season and if people cannot plant, they will need food assistance for a prolonged period of time,” said Amor Almagro, a WFP spokesperson in Sudan. 9 June 2011The situation in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan remained tense today after several days of fighting between the Sudanese army and the forces of the southern region that is due to become independent next month, the United Nations mission there reported. read more

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Security Council confident Iraq will help resolve cases of missing Kuwaitis

Out of a total of 605 cases, the fate of some 270 is still unknown while only 222 of those whose remains that have been returned have so far been identified, according to the latest report on people and property missing from the occupation, which Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent to the Council last week.”Council members shared the views expressed by the Secretary-General in his report and strongly condemned the execution of Kuwaiti and third-country nationals by the previous Iraqi regime, in violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” the 15-member body said in a press statement after receiving a briefing from Mr. Annan’s High-Level Coordinator on the issue, Ambassador Yuli Vorontsov.”The Security Council members agreed that those responsible for these horrendous crimes should be brought to justice,” they added in the statement, read out by the Council President for April, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China.They welcomed the actions of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to publish in the media the names and photographs of missing persons whose remains had not yet been found, with a request that any relevant information be reported to the competent Iraqi authorities.”Council members are confident that the new Iraqi Government will continue this constructive engagement and call on all parties concerned to continue to work towards a satisfactory solution to all of the outstanding humanitarian and property aspects covered by Ambassador Vorontsov’s mandate,” they added. read more

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The Rock joins critics of Under Armour CEOs Trump remark

BALTIMORE – Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and professional ballerina Misty Copeland have joined basketball star Stephen Curry in criticizing the CEO of sports apparel company Under Armour for praising President Donald Trump.Kevin Plank, the CEO of Baltimore-based Under Armour, called Trump “an asset to the country” in an interview with CNBC this week. The company later issued a statement saying it engages in “policy, not politics.”Under Armour sponsors Johnson, Copeland and Curry, who plays for the Golden State Warriors. Johnson sent out a statement on social media on Thursday saying Plank’s words “were divisive and lacking in perspective.”Copeland wrote in an Instagram post she was so concerned about Plank’s comments that she spoke to him directly.None of the three has severed ties with the company. ‘The Rock’ joins critics of Under Armour CEO’s Trump remark FILE – This is a Jan. 21, 2014, file photo showing Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, during a news conference at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and professional ballerina Misty Copeland have joined basketball star Stephen Curry in criticizing the CEO of sports apparel company Under Armour for praising President Donald Trump. Plank called Trump “an asset to the country” in an interview with CNBC this week. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2017 6:14 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN chief urges all sides in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres took note of the referendum outcome, and the importance of the fact that an overwhelming majority of those voting, supported the Prespa Agreement.Signed by the Foreign Affairs Minister of both countries,  Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias on 12 June by Lake Prespa – which borders Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania – the agreement is a mutual accord to resolve the long-running dispute naming dispute.Although more than 90 per cent of the voters backed the name change, only a third of eligible electors took part, according to news reports. To move forward with the change, the the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia parliament must now vote in favour, with a two-thirds majority, and the Greek parliament must also give its approval.In his statement, the Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to “provide all necessary support, if required”, both through his Personal Envoy and through the relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes. read more

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Schmon Tower antenna upgrade means road closures

Upgrades being done to antennas on the roof of the Schmon Tower will mean partial road closures on campus this weekend.A large crane will be lifting equipment to the top of the Tower this Sunday Feb. 22.The crane will be set up beside the loading dock at the back (north side) of the Tower.As a result:• Residence Road from Decew Residence to the Tower loading dock will be closed to traffic from about 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.• Pedestrian doorways on the ground floor of the Tower’s north side will also be closed during the operation.• Parking lots G and H will be closedBarricades will be erected to keep people a safe distance from the activity, and affected doors will be posted with warning signs stating “Closed, except for emergency use only.” read more

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Michigan State ends Ohio States chase for a National Championship defeats Buckeyes

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio holds the trophy above his head after the game. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Dec. 7. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – The chase for the national championship is over for the Ohio State Buckeyes.The nation’s longest winning streak came to a halt Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game, as No. 2 OSU (12-1, 8-1) fell to No. 10 Michigan State (12-1, 9-0), 34-24.Down 27-24 with two minutes to play, OSU coach Urban Meyer elected to go for it on fourth and one from the Buckeyes’ 47 yard line, but junior quarterback Braxton Miller was stuffed on a rush around right end.“It was my call,” Meyer said about the fourth down play following the loss. “I wanted to put the ball in the hands of our best player, Braxton (Miller).”The Spartans’ junior running back Jeremy Langford put the game out of reach on the ensuing drive, rushing 26 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead 10 points.OSU turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, allowing the Spartans to run out the clock.Early on, Michigan State was in control, burning 6:29 off the clock on the game’s opening drive, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after freshman kicker Michael Geiger nailed a 40-yard field goal. The drive was aided by a pair of OSU penalties on third down, by both junior defensive back Doran Grant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier.The Buckeyes offense failed to get anything going early, and the first quarter ended with the Spartans leading, 3-0.Michigan State extended its lead to 10 when sophomore quarterback Connor Cook connected with junior wide receiver Keith Mumphery for a 72-yard touchdown down the right sideline, as OSU safety redshirt-senior Corey “Pitt” Brown went for the interception.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) emotionally walks off the field after OSU lost against Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 8 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter a pair of first downs on its next drive, Miller fumbled the ball on third down as he tried to evade pressure. Miller would recover, but OSU would punt again.Another long passing play extended the Spartans’ lead to 17-0, as Cook this time hit junior wide receiver Tony Lippett from 33 yards out.“(I’m) disappointed with our pass defense,” Meyer said. “We’re have to get this fixed. We’re going to get back to work.”The Buckeye offense would get going on its next drive, as Miller hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown for a 20-yard touchdown strike to make the score 17-7.An exchange of punts from both teams gave the Buckeyes the ball back with just 1:23 left before half, but a big rush from Miller coupled with a 36-yard pass to junior tight end Jeff Heuerman put OSU in position to kick a field goal before half. The 28-yard attempt from senior kicker Drew Basil was good, making the score 17-10 at halftime.OSU’s offense quickly went down the field on the first drive of the second half as Miller tied the game at 17 on an eight-yard run to the outside.Cook was intercepted on the Spartans’ next possession by senior safety C.J. Barnett, but the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on the turnover.OSU would take its first lead of the game, 24-17, on its next possession, though, as Miller scampered into the end zone from six yards out.The third quarter ended with the score 24-20 after Michigan State hit a 44-yard field goal late in the quarter.The Spartans took the lead for good on their first possession of the fourth quarter, when Cook found redshirt-freshman Josiah Price wide open in the end zone from the nine yard line.Langford finished with 117 yards on 22 carries to go with his touchdown.Miller ran for 142 yards on 21 carries, and senior running back Carlos Hyde added 118 on 18 attempts.Miller said that after the loss the team must look to each other in order to get through the disappointment.“(We) just (need to) grow as a team. Things happen in games, really don’t go your way,” Miller said after the loss. “You got to come back and fix the mistakes. Keep your head high, come back stronger.”Michigan State is set to travel to Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 1, 2014, to take on Pac-12 Champion Stanford in the Rose Bowl. OSU will have to wait to see where they will head for the postseason until Sunday night, when the BCS bowl selections will be announced.“I imagine there’s a chance we’ll get invited to a great bowl game. If we do, they’re going to get a very good Buckeye football team that’s going to stick together and try to win a game,” Meyer said. “If you’re asking me to measure the levels of hurt, I’m not sure I can do that.” read more

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Ohio States Kyle Snyder wrestles his way to the top

Then-freshman Kyle Snyder during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State is used to being the home of national champions, but now a world champion is also among its ranks.Sophomore wrestler Kyle Snyder took home the gold medal in the 97-kilogram freestyle competition at the 2015 World Championships on Friday in Las Vegas. At 19 years old, Snyder became the youngest-ever world wrestling champion from the United States.Prior to Snyder’s victory, the youngest U.S. wrestler to be victorious at the World Championships was 20-year-old Andre Metzger in 1979. Snyder said he is proud of his place in the history books.“I like making history,” the Woodbine, Maryland, native said following his win. “I want to be known as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever live, and that’s what I plan on doing.”Snyder credits his parents for his ability to succeed at such a young age.“They raised me the right way. They told me that if you work hard, make the right decisions and you’re just hungry for something, to do everything you can to get it,” Snyder said. “I just believed in that.”Ranked No. 15 in the world prior to the competition, his closest match came in the first round against Ukraine’s No. 11-ranked Pavlo Oliynyk, which Snyder won by a score of 2–1. Snyder breezed through the next three rounds, beating Poland’s Radoslaw Baran (ranked No. 8) and Venezuela’s Jose Daniel Diaz Robertti and Iran’s Abbas Tahan (ranked No. 13) by a combined 25–4.In the gold medal match, Snyder tied defending world champion Abdusalam Gadisov of Russia 5–5 but earned the win based on an edge in criteria.After taking second in both the Big Ten Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships just six months ago, Snyder said he was determined more than ever to prove himself as the best in the world.“When you feel pain like that, you never want to feel it again,” he said. “This is what I’ve been thinking about doing since the NCAA finals, and I’ve been working hard with the coaches at Ohio State to get it done.”Snyder is taking a redshirt this season to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but he said returning to OSU to finish his degree is also a priority.“If I can wrestle the best guys in the world, then I should be able to go to class every day,” he said. “Homework’s no fun, but getting a degree is fun. Getting a good job after college is fun.”The rest of the reigning NCAA champion Buckeyes are scheduled to take the mat on Oct. 29 for their annual Wrestle Offs. read more

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Theresa May urges BBC to rethink plan to scrap free TV licences

Theresa May has urged the BBC to rethink its plan to scrap free TV licences for most over-75s, as it announced that three million pensioners would no longer be eligible for the concession.The Prime Minister was “very disappointed” by the decision, a spokesperson said, after the BBC revealed eligibility for free licences will be means-tested from June next year, leaving them only available to those who qualify for pension credit.Around 1.5 million of the 4.45 million households currently receiving free licences will be eligible.The corporation said maintaining the universal scheme would cost £745 million a year and necessitate the closure of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News channel, Radio 5 Live and BBC Scotland, plus local radio stations and other services. The new scheme will cost £250 million per year.The announcement triggered a major clash with the government, which passed responsibility for the scheme on to the BBC as part of a deal negotiated four years ago.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We are very disappointed with this decision. We have been clear that we expected the BBC to continue this concession.“People across the country value television as a way to stay connected and we want the BBC to look again at ways to support older people. “Means-testing may sound fair but in reality it means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing a big new annual bill they simply can’t afford, because though eligible for pension credit they don’t actually get it,” she said. “The BBC’s decision will cause those affected enormous anxiety and distress, and some anger too, but in the end this is the Government’s fault, not the BBC’s, and it is open to a new prime minister to intervene and save the day for some of the most vulnerable older people in our society who will otherwise suffer a big blow to their pockets and to their quality of life.”A report commissioned by the BBC suggested that pensioners now enjoy “a marked improvement” in living standards since the scheme was brought in by the then chancellor Gordon Brown in 2000.TV Licensing said all over-75s will receive a letter over the course of the next month explaining the new scheme, and a ‘Pay as you Go’ scheme will be set up next year offering fortnightly or monthly payment plans for pensioners whose free licences are being revoked. Lord Hall, the director-general, said it had “not been an easy decision” but the outcome is the fairest one. Writing in Tuesday’s Telegraph, he said a public consultation on the issue was evenly split between those who wanted to keep the universal licences and those who wanted change “but what emerged across all the feedback was the overriding concern to protect those most in need – and to protect the BBC and what it offers”.Age UK said many pensioners live in poverty but do not claim pension credit, either because they are unaware of it, are unable to navigate the complicated application process, or are simply too proud to accept benefits.Caroline Abrahams, the charity’s director, said means-testing would leave vulnerable elderly people cut off from the world.“Make no mistake, if this scheme goes ahead we are going to see sick and disabled people in their 80s and 90s who are completely dependent on their cherished TV for companionship and news, forced to give it up. 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. “Taxpayers want to see the BBC using its substantial licence fee income in an appropriate way to ensure it delivers for UK audiences, which includes showing restraint on salaries for senior staff.” read more

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11 elements of workplace meetings which make them inarguably hellish

first_imgIF YOU WORK in any kind of business which holds regular meetings, you will undoubtedly know that they are hellish.Here is why.The pointlessnessWhy are you having this meeting?  You’re not sure.  Someone must know… oh, wait, they don’t.Frequently no one knows the real reason a meeting was called, so you end up having a meeting to figure out why you should have another meeting.Great.The timing Source: Museum of Modern Art StoreLet’s have a meeting at 5pm!  Great idea!  That way we can all be here well after it’s time to go home!The lickarse Source: ShutterstockThere’s always someone who decides to seize the moment to show off.Oh yes, please, ask another enthusiastic question which has already been answered.  You’re so interested.  SO INTERESTED.The messingOrdinarily you’re up for a laugh, but when you’re in a meeting all you can think about is the fact that you’ve got loads of work to do before you leave the office.You’re definitely not going to have time to stalk your ex on Facebook now.The tangents Source: ShutterstockYou started out talking about your paper supplier but now you’re somehow exchanging hilarious stories about your real life encounters with leprechauns.HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?The glass walls Source: OGBSWhoever decided that making new office buildings have meeting rooms with glass walls has a lot to answer for.  You think you’ve got a good spot with your back to the wall, but unfortunately, anyone walking by can see that you’re playing Candy Crush.Thanks a lot, architects.The questionsYou’ve spent the last 20 minutes day dreaming about ways to take down the lickarse when suddenly everyone’s looking at you.  You’ve been asked a question, that much you know, but you have no idea what it was about.Thanks a lot, lickarse.  Foiled again.The warmth Source: OGBSEverywhere else in the office is ice cold, but in this, the room where you’re in danger of falling asleep anyway, the heat is cranked up.You might as well have taken a sleeping tablet before you walked in.The buzzwords Source: ShutterstockThere’s always someone who decides that their strategy for looking good is to use a load of buzzwords that mean nothing to anyone.  All you can do is nod and feign interest.What a jerk.‘Any ideas?’ Source: The Midnight AllianceDoes anyone ever have an answer for that question?  No.  It’s just a cue for awkward shuffling and the avoidance of eye contact.The notepads Source: bjornmeansbearEveryone brings them, no one writes anything down.The delay tactics Source: ShutterstockSomeone in the meeting doesn’t want to go back to work, in fact, they’d be happy for this meeting to last until home-time, so they ask questions.  Lots and lots of questions.Pointless questions.Irish radio station ‘amazed’ at ‘bogus’ inclusion in Scientology video>Schoolkid asks Jennifer Lawrence to be his prom date>last_img read more

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Twothirds of Deaf community face difficulty finding out about their rights

first_img 6,460 Views https://jrnl.ie/3872405 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 26th 2018, 8:46 AM By Hayley Halpin Short URL 26 Comments Share156 Tweet Email5 TWO-THIRDS OF the Deaf community face difficulty accessing public information on their rights, a new report has found.The Citizens Information Board (CIB) research report, published today, details the experiences of the Deaf community in accessing public and social services and related information on rights and entitlements in Ireland.Members of the Deaf community who were interviewed for the report said that only a small fraction of government information provision uses Irish Sign Language (ISL).They said that the standard means of communication that government organisations use, such as websites, printed documents (leaflets), or telephone are either difficult for the Deaf community to use due to the fact that the data is provided in English which is not their first language or, in the case of telephone-based information provision, virtually impossible.The Deaf community is defined as people who are Deaf and whose first language is ISL. The Deaf community in Ireland has over 5,000 Irish sign language users and a wider community of over 40,000 users.Lack of consultationThe members of the Deaf community and their representative bodies interviews as part of the study said they appreciated the efforts of public organisations to use ISL as part of their information provision, for example, through the use of signed videos on their website.However, they would prefer if these organisations would consult with Deaf representative bodies on the format and content of such ISL-based information provision.Where the input of the Deaf community is absent, the report noted that there is a perception among Deaf people that the public websites that incorporate ISL are merely a token gesture rather than a genuine understanding of their needs.“The majority of public sector organisations profiled in this report do have policy and service provision commitments that specify that they will provide ISL interpreters for meetings involving Deaf people,” Angela Black, chief executive of CIB said.“The Deaf community, however, say there is a gulf between public policy provisions and what they experience at frontline service level. Two-thirds of those surveyed gave a poor rating of their experience of accessing public and social services.”Public placesThe report also highlighted that accessing information in public places can be problematic for members of the Deaf community.One example, according to the study, is visiting public offices where there is no signed information that can point them in the right direction.The community noted that the lack of signed information in bus and train stations and airports can result in Deaf people not receiving vital information about their transport connections or being uninformed about safety notices.Public servicesOne of the main issues raised by Deaf people and their support organisations was the lack of trained ISL interpreters to enable Deaf people to communicate with public officials.The experience of the interviewees from the Deaf community was that, in the vast majority of cases, when they visited a public organisation to either obtain information or to access a service, there was no ISL interpreter available to sign the conversation or meeting.In this scenario, the options open to the Deaf community are to have a hearing companion with them, or write notes, or resort to lip reading.“Despite equality and disability legislation, public services have not always lived up to commitments to provide sign language interpreting,” Ann Coogan, chair of Sign Language Interpreting Service said.Read: Legislation to officially recognise Irish Sign Language set to pass through Dáil todayMore: Column: ‘I am determined to make music available to the deaf’ Two-thirds of Deaf community face difficulty finding out about their rights A new report has been published detailing the experiences of Deaf people in accessing public and social services. Image: Photographee.eu via Shutterstock Image: Photographee.eu via Shutterstock Monday 26 Feb 2018, 8:46 AMlast_img read more

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One year on the horrific Grenfell Tower fire still haunts the London

first_img Grenfell Tower in west London is illuminated in green to mark a year since the moment the devastating fire took hold Source: Jonathan Brady via PA ImagesGREEN SCARVES, WHITE roses – the community surrounding Grenfell Tower, the west London building ravaged by fire, united around shared symbols last night as they began 24 hours of poignant commemorations for the tragedy that killed 71 people a year ago.Clutching the flowers and placards bearing images of their lost loved ones, dozens of tearful survivors of Britain’s deadliest domestic fire since World War II joined still-grieving relatives on an emotional walk through the area.The procession – accompanied by a portable speaker playing a melancholic track on repeat – ended in the shadow of the burnt-out block just prior to the 12.54am anniversary of the blaze’s outbreak.One by one, relatives announced the names of the deceased accompanied by a flurry from a bongo drum, before pinning their pictures at the “wall of truth” – a section of the fencing around the tower featuring messages and candles.Then at 12.54am, heralded by a short trumpet blast, an eerie silence of 72 seconds – in memory of each of the people who perished, along with a stillborn baby – descended on the sombre site, as light rain started to fall.“I saw everything from the start of that night and I couldn’t sleep for three weeks,” recalled Farhiya Abdi (42), a mother-of-two who was among the first to arrive at Grenfell from her nearby home as the fire spread.“When I closed my eyes I would hear the screaming for help, see the children’s faces at the window again. I saw people jump to their death,” she said earlier in the evening, at a remembrance event on a closed-off nearby street.Organisers unveiled banners and t-shirts emblazoned with slogans demanding justice, one of several such events taking place.Nearly everybody wore a green scarf – the adopted colour of the tragedy – while the tower was illuminated in green, along with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office.‘Time hasn’t done anything’May told parliament yesterday that the “unimaginable tragedy remains at the forefront of our minds”.For the local community, they have had little choice during a traumatic and frustrating past 12 months.“I thought time would’ve healed us but time hasn’t done anything,” said Chris Imafidon (50), who knew six different families bereaved by the blaze through a local education charity he works for.“This is reviving the memories of that night because we’re all out on the street again – I see the same faces,” he added, surveying the other locals who had turned out in remembrance.Among the attendees were former tower residents Marcio and Andreia Gomes, whose son was stillborn hours after the fire, and local firefighters who responded that night. The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire Source: David Mirzoeff via PA ImagesThe commemorations will continue on today with church services, special prayers at a local mosque, wreath-laying and the unveiling of a community mosaic.A silent walk will also be held – similar to the ones that take place on the 14th of every month – while banners in memory of the victims have been unfurled over the top four floors of the tower.Marking the first anniversary of the fire, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “The terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower remains very real, raw and painful for many people, every day. My thoughts, and those of us all in Met, are with all those who died, the loved ones left behind, and all those who survived the fire that night. The continued resilience and sense of spirit shown by the community at the heart of this tragedy is inspiring. Many of us will take time today – one year on – to think back and remember.“Met officers and staff continue to work very hard to progress our ongoing investigation, to assist the public inquiry and provide support to families.”NeglectedThe fire started through a faulty fridge in the kitchen of a fourth-floor flat in the 24-storey tower.Relatives of those who died have recently provided heart-rending testimony about their loved ones’ final moments at the beginning of a public inquiry into the fire, reminding Britons of the shocking scale of the tragedy.Stephanie Seddon (24), a health outreach worker who has been on the ground since last June, said that “lots of people are showing signs and symptoms of PTSD”, referring to post-traumatic stress disorder.“We’re here to support the community,” she added.Despite the support, residents argue the wealthy borough’s authorities have neglected the less affluent northern section home to Grenfell and surrounding public housing.They also blame the fire’s spread on cladding installed during a recent refurbishment, while the fire service has come under the spotlight over its advice for residents to stay put.© – AFP 2018 with reporting by Hayley Halpin.  One year on, the horrific Grenfell Tower fire still haunts the London community 71 people were killed in the fire that swept through Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. 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Tsipras meets Schaeuble in Berlin

first_imgGerman Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble appeared unmoved Monday by the attempts of Greek leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras to persuade him that Berlin needs to change its tune on the debt-hit nation’s rescue program.During a near one-hour meeting between the two men in the German capital, the SYRIZA chief told Schaeuble that the economic reforms mandated by Germany, its EU peers and the IMF have been a complete failure, and that they have instead fed unemployment and poverty.“I told him that the austerity programs have failed all over Europe and especially in Greece,” Tsipras said after the meeting, held upon his request. “Now we must deal with their impact: poverty, unemployment, the rise of fascism,” he said in reference to Golden Dawn.Sources in the German government said Schaeuble had poured cold water on Tsipras’s demand for an alternative economic course, suggesting that Greece’s euro membership remains tied to the implementation of the economic adjustment program.Yet according to SYRIZA officials, Schaeuble acknowledged that although the objectives have been set by creditors, responsibility for the policy mix rests with the Greek government. Tsipras reportedly blamed lagging reforms on rampant red tape and political entanglement with business interests.Tsipras, who on Sunday attended a rally marking the anniversary of the assassinations of communist icons Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht in 1919, will Tuesday meet with German federal Deputy Labor Minister Hans-Joachim Fuchtel.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Samsung will cancel Galaxy Fold preorders unless customers confirm

first_imgTwo weeks after delaying the launch of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung can’t tell buyers when they can expect it to ship. Angela Lang/CNET Samsung’s troubles with its beleaguered Galaxy Fold appear to be further delaying when buyers can expect the phone to land in their hands.Samsung originally planned to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26. But a few days before, the Korean electronics giant officially delayed the debut of its $2,000 foldable phone after reports of broken Galaxy Fold review units. Early production review units experienced screen breaks, flickering and, in one case, a bulge, causing a kerfuffle among onlookers and casting doubt about their durability.Foldable phones are a new concept rocking the phone world. The design is supposed to give people double the screen space on a device that’s small enough to carry around, unlike today’s pocket-busting devices. But the enormous expense — the Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980 — and concerns over the durability of a bendable screen and hinge could threaten the ability of foldable phones to get off the ground.Samsung notified customers who had preordered the Galaxy Fold of the delay in April, saying it’d provide them with “more specific shipping information in two weeks.” Those two weeks have now come and gone, and early Galaxy Fold buyers are still no closer to learning when they might expect a phone.An email sent Monday night to preorder customers (see below), including CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt, offered little in the way of information and a vague time frame for when they could expect their next update. Samsung says it’s “making progress” in raising the quality of the handset. “This means we cannot confirm the anticipated ship date yet. We’ll update you with more specific shipping information in the coming weeks.”Samsung isn’t charging a customer’s credit card for the Fold until it ships, and the company is also giving preorder buyers an out if they change their mind and want to cancel the order before it ships. The email also noted that if the Galaxy Fold doesn’t ship by May 31, orders will be automatically canceled if Samsung doesn’t hear back from customers that they want to keep their order.Samsung is required by US regulations to notify customers that their preorders will be canceled if the phones aren’t shipped by May 31, a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Samsung is committed to keeping customers informed, the spokesperson reiterated, and customers have an option to keep orders past the May 31 date and “may also cancel their orders at any time.” galaxy-fold-5-6-letter Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Originally published May 6.Update, May 7: Adds additional comment from Samsung. Phones Foldable Phones Comments Tags Share your voice 8 Samsunglast_img read more

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Marvel Fans Create Petition Urging for the Return of Iron Man

first_imgStay on target What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019‘Avengers: Endgame’ Returns to Theaters With Extra Post-Credits Scene Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, sacrificed himself to win the war against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Now, some fans want the superhero to be brought back to life: A new Change.org petition is trending online demanding the return of Iron Man, since the key character died to protect the people he loved.The “Bring Tony Stark Back to Life” petition, which was recently created on Change.org, advocates that Tony Stark get to see his daughter grow up, and sadly, due to Avengers: Endgame, the superhero won’t have the opportunity to, since the cosmic power of the Infinity Stones caused him to perish, ComicBook.com reported. So far, more than 16,000 people have signed the petition online.Photo Credit: Change.org“Tony Stark was always ready to risk his life, suffer, and sacrifice himself for anyone, without ever receiving anything in return. He can never be happy, and when he finally got what he always wanted, and deserved, his wife, his daughter, his family.. he died,” said the petition. “He didn’t deserve this and it’s not fair, after everything he’s been through, and done for everyone, he deserves to live and see his daughter grow up.”Relive the moments again and again. Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame is now playing in theaters. Get tickets: https://t.co/93jQYXiBfa pic.twitter.com/eUJ8eMZvny— The Avengers (@Avengers) May 24, 2019Tony Stark’s impact goes beyond the MCU: Many fans claimed that the superhero has also helped them face real-life challenges and obstacles.“He saved our lives and it’s our turn to save him. We love him so much. We love him 3000,” said the petition. “Without him, now, we are totally lost. For many people, he was their reason to live and hold on in life.”More on Geek.com:Iron Man Was Completely Right (‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoilers)‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Stream Exclusively on Disney+ Starting Dec. 11 ‘Avengers #1’ Among 180,000 Comics Donated to University of S. Carolinalast_img read more

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Technical problems on our side were to blame for cancellation of CMs

first_imgKolkata: Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu said that it was technicalproblems on Chinese side that had resulted in the cancellation of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s trip to China in June. He added that the Chinese Consulate is working on a new date and expressed his optimism that in the coming months, Banerjee should be visiting China. On being questioned about Mamata Banerjee’s chances of visiting China again, Zhanwu, on the sidelines of a Press conference in the city, said: “It was technical problems on the Chinese part. The honourable Chief Minister’s meeting with our provincial leaders could not be fixed, which resulted in the cancellation of her trip. We are working on the new dates and we are hopeful that in the coming months or the beginning of next year, her visit to China will be a reality.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of the Consulate said that a delegation had held a meeting with the Chief Minister’s office at Nabanna in this regard last month. It may be mentioned that Banerjee was scheduled to leave for China on June 22 but cancelled her trip barely hours before her flight to Beijing was scheduled to depart. The Chief Minister was supposed to head a delegation to China, following recommendations of the Union minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, under the Exchange Programme of the government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China. According to the state government, the Chief Minister’s cancellation of the tour was prompted by the inability of the Chinese side to confirm political meetings at an appropriate level as informed by the Indian Ambassador in China. The matter was immediately informed to the Union minister of External Affairs as her tour was under the Exchange Programme of the Union government.last_img read more

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Witnessing Japan through eyes of an Indian artist

first_imgWhat could be a better visual treat than witnessing Japan through the eyes of an Indian artist? Madhu Jain, a renowned name in the field of art, has given a tangible form to her memories of Japan. A solo painting exhibition by her, titled ‘Japan As I See It’, will be inaugurated on February 10 at The Japan Foundation. The story dates back to 1994 when Madhu went to Japan and was amazed to see the incredible texture and brilliance of ‘Nihon-ga’ and ‘Sumi-e paintings’. “My love for nature found a strong attraction to these eco-friendly mediums and I set my heart to study and research it. I interacted with artists and teachers in Japan and studied these techniques in Tokyo,” Madhu mentioned. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn her return to India, she adapted these art techniques to portray her own contemporary style and expression. Her painting are created in mediums such as ink, powdered rock mineral pigments, layered upon paper, using glue and water with special Japanese brushes.Speaking of her learning process, Jain added, “After much practice, a few confident bold strokes and use of varying tones of ink, I have had the thrill to achieve the hollow of the bamboo, the harshness of the tree bark, the rounding of grapes, the turns and twists of orchid grass, fine needles of the pine, or a complete bird.” The exhibition will be open for public from February 12 – 23, 2018.last_img read more

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This is uTorrents new Altruistic Mode

first_imgThis is uTorrent’s new Altruistic Mode by Martin Brinkmann on September 28, 2016 in Internet – 9 commentsBitTorrent Inc has just added a new feature to the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent called Altruistic Mode that may throttle downloads in order to keep a 2:1 ratio at all times.The main idea behind Altruistic Mode is to make sure you give back more than you take from the community of peers.This is probably most interesting in situations where you want to keep a good ratio on a tracker, and where you want to support a project by giving it part of your upload bandwidth.The intended use of Altruistic Mode is to help out a swarm. This can help other peers download faster or ensure a peer has a good sharing ratio. This is especially helpful in conditions where there are already plenty of seeds, which often happens after a torrent has been available for a while.One thing that needs to be clear is that downloads may never complete when in that mode. If your ratio drops below 2:1, downloads stop until uploads push it back to that level. If you cannot upload to anyone, then you won’t download either. This can happen if a torrent has only seeders but no leechers.You could however disable the mode for a torrent in that case to complete the download.Note: The feature is available in uTorrent 3.4.9 and BitTorrent 7.9.9.uTorrent’s Altruistic ModeAltrustic Mode is not enabled by default. That’s a good decision as it is likely not that useful to the majority of uTorrent users.First thing you need to do is enable the mode in the preferences.Select Options > Preferences or use the shortcut Ctrl-P to open the Preferences Window in uTorrent.Switch to BitTorrent in the sidebar.Check the “Enable Altruistic Mode” box on the page that opens.This enables the mode in uTorrent but does not configure any existing torrents to make use of it. The option to enable the mode becomes available in “add new torrent” dialogs.You find the option to enable Altruistic Mode there. You may also enable the mode for any torrent that is already in the program’s queue.Simply right-click on any torrent file and select properties from the menu to get started. You find the option to enable the mode at the bottom of the window that opens.Closing WordsAltruistic Mode keeps the ratio at about 2:1 by uploading two pieces of the torrent for every piece that gets downloaded by the client. The mode ensures that your ratio cannot drop below that for that torrent which is probably most appealing for users on private trackers.While you could argue that setting up a high upload bandwidth and a low download bandwidth might provide the same result, this is not necessarily the case as torrents will still be downloaded even if no uploads occur.Now You: What’s your take on Altruistic Mode?SummaryArticle NameThis is uTorrent’s new Altruistic ModeDescriptionBitTorrent Inc has just added a new feature to the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent called Altruistic Mode that may throttle downloads in order to keep a 2:1 ratio at all times.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sydney cruise boom causes waves

first_imgWith 214 ships scheduled to visit Sydney in 2012, the issue of where to berth them has hit the spotlight again.Ports Minister Duncan Gray reported to the ABC yesterday that the 43 per cent increase in numbers this year makes cruising “the state’s biggest success story”.Sydney welcomes 33 ships in February alone, with several requiring berthing off shore at Athol Buoy near Bradley’s Head. Capacity will continue to be an issue in 2013 when 264 ships sail into Sydney.Negotiations are still underway with the navy who has been asked to divert several of their ships to White Bay in order to make way for larger vessels that don’t fit under the Harbour Bridge. The report was delivered to the minister in December, with a result expected early this year but Carnival Australia CEO, Ann Sherry, shared her optimism about the option with media at the company’s Partnership Summit last December.“I’m still optimistic that will come to pass,” Ms Sherry said.“In Sydney harbour this year there will be nine ships at anchor, so I think that will reinforce the political need to resolve the issue of the second berth east of the Harbour Bridge.”Facilitation of the Garden Island option will be discussed once the report is passed with the most desired option for Carnival Australia being Sydney Ports acting as a booking agent for the harbour. However, whilst Garden Island is the preferred option for Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean managing director Gavin Smith prefers Botany Bay for their ships, suggesting it as the most feasible option.“Whilst we’re a vacation company most of the time, for one day a week we’re a shipping company,” Mr Smith said to e-Travel Blackboard in December 2011 before expressing his concern regarding the traffic and congestion issue at Garden Island. “Passengers will be processed at Barangaroo and ferried across to Garden Island to board.”Ms Sherry has made it clear that this is not a view shared by Carnival Australia however.“It’s a fallback if Garden Island doesn’t happen. Nobody is actually advocating that Botany Bay is where you put a cruise terminal.”“The privatization of Sydney Ports takes it out of contention at the moment.”Meanwhile the White Bay construction moves forward at a snail’s pace with two separate consultation processes planned by Leichardt Council and the Sydney Ports Authority. Three public meetings are scheduled for the coming month with the first commencing on 7 February. Where do you think the most feasible option is for a cruise terminal in Sydney? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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Cheap flights carrier bmibaby will introduce new f

first_imgCheap flights carrier bmibaby will introduce new flights to Grenoble as part of its 2009/10 winter schedule, it has been confirmed.Routes to the French Alps destination will operate from all four of the airline’s UK airports – East Midlands, Manchester, Birmingham International and Cardiff.Commenting on the schedule, which comes into effect on October 25th, bmibaby managing director Crawford Rix said: “Grenoble is located in the very centre of the Alps and will be an extremely popular destination for those looking for a winter snow holiday.”We expect to carry over 28,700 passengers to and from Grenoble over the winter months.”In addition, bmibaby will continue operating flights to Toulouse from Manchester during the winter months.A new route will also be introduced to Prague from Belfast, with flights scheduled to depart on Monday, Friday and Sunday.Flights to the Czech capital will be introduced on December 4th.Bmibaby recently revealed that 84.4 percent of its February flights departed within 15 minutes of schedule, while the figure for January stood at 90.8 percent. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCheap flights to Lourdes launched by bmibabyCheap flights to Lourdes launched by bmibabyBmibaby will introduce new flights to PragueCheap flights carrier bmibaby will launch new flights to Prague from East Midlands Airport as part of its winter schedule.New winter flights from bmibabyLow-cost carrier bmibaby has announced the second stage of its winter flights schedulelast_img read more

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