Foreign Medical Graduates

first_imgPhysicians with U.S. postgraduate degrees can now practice medicine in India and teach at the country’s medical colleges.The health ministry has decided to recognize advanced medical degrees from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in a bid to encourage Indian doctors to return home to meet the growing shortage of physicians in the country. There is one doctor per 1,634 people in India. Thus far, India has only recognized medical degrees from countries with which it had reciprocal agreements to recognize Indian degrees, such as Bangladesh, Ireland and Nepal. Recognition of medical degrees from Japan, France, Germany and other European nations is in the offing.The Medical Council of India has opposed the move, protesting that many foreign institutions are inadequate or inconsistent with the Indian medical educational system, so allowing “doctors with such degrees to teach and practice in India seriously risked patient health.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Odisha attempts to improve work participation under MGNREGS

first_imgIn light of drought-like conditions in many districts of western Odisha and distress migration of labourers appearing imminent, the government is trying to improve the average number of days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) — from 38 to 65 days. The government has decided to mobilise all active job-card holders to form informal groups, which will be called ‘Shramik Sangh’. There will be one such group for every 50 beneficiaries in each revenue village.The move is aimed at ensuring job for each active card holder through close coordination with government officials at the block level. One member in each group will be assigned as a ‘mate’ and will be responsible for providing jobs to others in the sangh.“With a mandate to arrest migration and ensure effective convergence for sustainable livelihood development… we must relook at strategy for implementation [of MGNREGS]. We need to focus on active job-card holders and provide them at minimum average 70 days of wage employment,” wrote Panchayati Raj secretary D.K. Singh in a letter to all collectors.Mr. Singh said that work participation needs to be raised from 33% to 65%, and average number of days of employment from 38 days to 65 days. All collectors have been asked to ensure formation of Shramik Sangh, selection of mates, their training and meeting with government officials between August 20 and 25.Welfare schemesThe government has also announced that it will include card holders in welfare schemes and skill upgradation schemes; and extend insurance coverage and other economic benefits to them.In the past few years, the government has floated several strategies to arrest distress migration from Odisha’s poverty-stricken districts. A few years ago, entitlement of employment was increased from 100 days to 150 in migration-prone blocks. “While the entitlement of employment is 100-150 days, the government is now focusing only on 70 days. The scheme says whoever demands unskilled work will be provided. There cannot be a selective target. There is also no strategy to end late payment of wages. Delay in payment is one of the key factors in people distancing themselves from MGNREGS,” said Umi Daniel, an expert on migration issues.“To arrest seasonal migration, there should be seasonal targets for providing employment during lean period such as drought, which is looming over Odisha,” he said, adding that even 10 years after MGNREGS, Odisha was struggling to provide average 38 days of employment.last_img read more

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ISL: Bengaluru FC edge past ATK to return to winning ways

first_imgBengaluru FC maintained their unbeaten run in the Indian Super League this season with a 1-0 victory over ATK in Bengaluru on Thursday.Coming off back-to-back draws, Bengaluru returned to winning ways and also stretched their unbeaten streak to 11 matches.It was Erik Paartalu, who scored the winner when these sides met in Kolkata earlier this season, and the Australian midfielder proved to be their nemesis yet again. A 37th-minute header from the Aussie separated the teams and gave the hosts their eighth win of the season.Bengaluru extended their lead at the top of the table to six points ahead of the international break and preserved their unbeaten start to the season, while ATK remain sixth with 11 points from 12 matches and without a win in six matches.The teams started with urgency that resulted in openings at both ends. Kean Lewis dribbled past Ankit Mukherjee and crossed for Sunil Chhetri in the box but the India international shot wide. Within minutes, Ricky Lallawmawma found Jayesh Rane’s run into the box from the left flank and the Indian winger’s shot was blocked by Nishu Kumar.Things heated up as ATK denied space for Bengaluru to freely operate in midfield and the tackles started flying in as the half progressed at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.In the 19th minute, ATK’s Gerson Vieira laid the ball for Everton Santos who sent a powerful shot towards Gurpreet Singh’s goal. The Indian goalkeeper got his body behind the effort and saved.Bengaluru took the lead in the 37th minute following a period of consistent pressure. Udanta Singh won possession on the right and Bengaluru switched play over to Kean Lewis on the left who played an exquisite cross into the centre of the box. Paartalu sneaked in between John Johnson and Andre Bikey, leapt above the pair and glanced a header into the net.advertisementTwo minutes into the second half, ATK striker Balwant Singh ghosted in behind the Bengaluru centre-backs to latch on to a long free-kick from the visitors’ own half.Despite a head start over the defenders, Balwant was dispossessed inside the box with a brilliant recovery tackle by Juanan before the striker could get a shot away.The Bengaluru defence was caught watching the ball again as Manuel Lanzarote swung a free-kick into the box in the 57th minute. Balwant Singh moved into the space between the defence and the goalkeeper but blasted his effort over the crossbar from five yards.ATK went close again in the 68th minute when John Johnson’s through-ball from the back released Balwant into space behind the hosts’ backline. The Indian striker dribbled into the box and struck a low shot that rolled just inches wide of the goal.Udanta Singh could have doubled his team’s lead in the 73rd minute. Dimas Delgado threaded a well-timed through-ball for the Indian winger who skipped past Lallawmawma, dribbled into the box but sliced his effort wide.Despite concerted effort from ATK to sneak in an equaliser in the closing stages, Bengaluru remained firm at the back to win all three points.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to storm into final

first_imgRafael Nadal put up an exhibition in Tennis en route to dominating straight set victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas and securehis place in the final of the men’s singles final at the 2019 Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.The Veteran Spaniard thrashed the 20-year-old Greek in a 6-2 6-4 6-0 masterclass in 1 hour and 46 minutes to reach a fifth final at Melbourne Park.Staging a clinic under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, the Spanish second seed tamed the Tsitsipas serve and racked up 28 sparkling winners against the man who knocked out double defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.After roaring to a 5-0 lead in the final set, Nadal closed out the match with a huge serve in one hour and 46 minutes leaving Tsitsipas to beat a quick exit from the stadium.Nadal, the 2009 champion, will face either top seed Novak Djokovic or 28th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the final as he bids for a second Melbourne title and an 18th Grand Slam crown.Having withdrawn from the Brisbane International leadup tournament with a thigh strain, Nadal was thrilled with his tennis and fitness at Melbourne Park, where last year he retired hurt in the quarter-finals.”It has been a great match, a great touanrment, I think I’ve played very well every day,” the 32-year-old said in his courtside interview after a pumped-up celebration.”After a lot of months without playing, probably this court, this crowd gives me unbelievable energy. At that moment (in Brisbane), it was very difficult to imagine I would be here.”advertisement”No, they don’t need any message. They are good and they are improving every month.”@RafaelNadal gives a classy message to the younger generation #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/YbQNBRKnPH #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019It was also difficult to imagine his opponent would have been Tsitsipas, who had shocked some of the Tour’s most seasoned campaigners to become his country’s first Grand Slam semi-finalist.Melbourne’s huge Greek community was out in force, with hundreds chanting his name in the grounds outside the stadium.Nadal simply let his racket do the talking, and he pounded a forehand deep into the corner to break the shaggy-haired tyro in the third game.The lefthander threw down the hammer, claiming the Greek’s serve for a second time to lead 5-2, with a delicate backhand pass down the line that left Tsitsipas stumbling.The set was over in a dizzying 31 minutes as Nadal moved in to the net to fire a volley past his opponent.Given no time to settle, the Greek threw caution to the wind in the second set and began swinging hard in a series of breathtaking rallies.Absolutely dominant. @RafaelNadal is into a fifth #AusOpen final. pic.twitter.com/4wr9u8H1XM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019Revelling in the full-blooded contest, Nadal returned fire and earned three break points with a searing backhand passing shot that clipped the net and bounced in.The Greek saved them all with a sparkling serve-volley assault before thrashing an ace into the corner to hold.Nadal pushed again at 4-4, lunging to return a huge serve down the ‘T’ that a net-bound Tsitsipas could only half-volley into the net.A ballkid got caught in the crossfire as Tsitsipas walked to the net between points. He hit a ball in frustration and accidentally clipped the scampering girl with his racket.One win away…@RafaelNadal takes some time to process the moment as he makes his way through the walk of champions.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/qtZbjUNexH #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2019In a trice, he was three set points in arrears, and Nadal bashed a fierce, fizzing serve wide to storm into the final stanza.There was simply no stopping the hard-charging Spaniard, whose backhand was firing like a double-handed bazooka.He struck a ferocious cross-court winner to break Tsitsipas in the opening game and took the shell-shocked Greek’s serve again with an overhead smash.Against the run of play, he grabbed a break point at 5-0 down but Nadal quickly cut off the threat to reach his first Melbourne final since losing to Federer in a classic 2017 decider.Tsitsipas came into this post-match media conference rubbing his eyes as if he having woken up from a nightmare.”Honestly I have no idea what I can take from that match,” he mumbled. “I feel happy with my performance in this tournament but at the same time I feel disappointed.”Also Read | Naomi Osaka sets up final vs Petra Kvitova after beating Karolina PliskovaAlso Read | Not many people believe that I can win Australian Open: Petra KvitovaAlso Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winadvertisementlast_img read more

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Royal Ascot 2018: Ken Condon seeks coup in St James’s Palace Stakes

first_imgThe British equivalent of Condon might be Roger Teal, a Lambourn trainer who is also punching above his weight with a strong contender in Tuesday’s race, his Tip Two Win having been a close second in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. A win for either would be seen as a popular, underdog victory.Punters are sticking with the man they know, having made John Gosden’s Without Parole favourite, even though the horse’s form does not yet come anywhere near what Romanised has achieved. Surely the sport needs to be shown that lots of trainers have the talent to win major races, given the right material?“I probably wouldn’t go down that road,” Condon demurs. “I think these guys have their couple of hundred horses because they deserve it, because of their results. All credit to them and that’s life, you know, that’s Darwin’s theory, survival of the fittest.“We’re trying to find our own niche and you’re true to your own thought on the game. I’m just very grateful to have a horse of that calibre. Roger Teal’s horse looks a very nice horse as well and it’ll be a good race. It’ll be exciting for us to be involved.”Without Parole is a son of Frankel, to be ridden by Frankie Dettori, and Condon is in no danger of underestimating him. “He has the right connections, he’s a very well-bred colt and he was very much on everyone’s lips before his debut. He obviously does things well at home and is showing a lot of talent.” Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Frankie Dettori Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Messenger If one were to imagine a sporting version of a socialist paradise, it would not look much like Royal Ascot and there is no surprise each year when the major races at the Queen’s track are won by enormously wealthy owners, working with big-name trainers. But Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes really might redistribute a chunk of prize money from those who have to those who need and Ken Condon, a much-liked but low-profile trainer, is hoping to be among those to benefit.Only those who follow racing quite closely are likely to be familiar with Condon’s work. His is not one of those behemoth operations which start each year with more than 200 horses and end up with some good ones by sheer weight of numbers. Only 30 heads poke out into his yard at Ridge Manor Stables and there is no room for more. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Royal Ascot Topics The Observer Support The Guardian Quality has been his focus since he started training in 2002 and in recent years the 44-year-old has got into the habit of making ninja-like raids on second-tier prizes in Britain, scooping up useful cash and returning to his base on the Curragh before some realised he was here. But now, thanks to Romanised, Condon’s arrival at Ascot is anticipated.Despite odds of 25-1, Romanised won last month’s Irish 2,000 Guineas, beating horses trained by the mighty Aidan O’Brien into second, third and fourth. Runners owned by Dubai’s ruling family finished fifth and sixth. Condon’s colt finished clear of them all, eliciting a lot of pleasure from the crowd at his local track for a man described by some as “the nicest guy in Irish racing”.Condon laughs at the label. “You wouldn’t want to believe half of what you hear, that’s what I’d say about that. I’m very much humbled by the reaction but there’s plenty fellas like me. Everyone would love to get their hands on a top horse.” “It’s a little bit of a transitionary time. We’ll see what happens by September. I think there’s a few nice ones among them.”While he waits for the juveniles to come good, Condon is plotting his way with a handful of three-year-olds and older horses. Look out for him at Carlisle on 27 June, where he may run Mamba Noire in a Listed race he won last year.In the meantime he can savour the memory of Romanised’s powerful finish at the Curragh last month. “It’s probably good for the game,” he concedes. “It keeps everyone trying, keeps them going back to the sales to try and find that next horse. It’s the old adage, a good horse can turn up anywhere.” But Condon has been granted the dry weather he wanted for Romanised, which will produce the sort of fast ground he can quicken off in the final quarter-mile. All the trainer wishes for now is a helpful stalls position from Sunday’s draw. Romanised is a habitual slow starter, so a low-numbered stall could be a kind of coffin, leading to him being boxed in at the back of the field against the inside rail. “Give us middle to outer and Shane [Foley, his jockey] can take it from there,” the trainer says.Anyone could be happy about bagging the St James’s Palace Stakes but success for Condon would mean all the more because winners have been hard to come by in recent months. Remarkably the Irish Guineas has been the only race won by any of his charges since July.But there is no need to get the vets round to test for a virus. The population of Condon’s stable explains why he has been slow to get going this year; 19 of his 30 horses are two-year-olds, meaning his yard is really a nursery, full of youngsters whose talent will hopefully become apparent. Talking Horses: Beware backing the odds-on shots at Royal Ascot Reuse this content Horse racing Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Royal Ascot 2018 tipping guide: St George has fire to slay Gold Cup rivals news Read more Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Storm Gareth puts day two of Cheltenham Festival under threat

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more Horse dies and three jockeys suspended in Cheltenham Festival drama Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing “Strong gusting winds are forecast but their precise strength and location are not possible to predict” Ian Renton, the track’s managing director, said on Tuesday. “We are looking at forecasts of gusts in excess of 45mph, which may present challenges on the track and around the site, dependent on their direction.“We remain optimistic and we will assess the situation in the morning, working with our team, forecasters, the British Horseracing Authority and our Safety Advisory Group, in order to make a decision about whether racing goes ahead.”The second day at the Festival was cancelled owing to high winds in 2008 but the meeting still concluded as planned on Friday with none of the races on the programme lost. The cards on the Thursday and Friday both started at 12.30pm, rather than the current start time of 1.30, with 10 and nine races respectively.There were 19 races scheduled for the final three races of the meeting 11 years ago, while this year’s Festival has 21, following the addition of the Dawn Run Mares’ Novice Hurdle and the JLT Novice Chase to the programme.As a result, it would be necessary to start racing before midday to complete a full programme of races before dark. The course is also understood to have been mindful of possible welfare concerns if it decided to stage so many races over two days, for instance in ensuring that all horses are thoroughly checked by a vet before competing as is mandatory for the first time this year. Since you’re here… Espoir D’Allen shock winner of Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Cheltenham has drawn up plans to move the second day of the Festival to Saturday amid fears Storm Gareth, which was expected to arrive in the area overnight, would force the abandonment of the Champion Chase card for the second time in 11 years.A precautionary inspection to assess the conditions has been called for 8am on Wednesday, with wind speeds as high as 50mph forecast for much of the day. Moving an entire card back by three days is without precedent and would present a huge logistical problems, for example in finding sufficient casual staff for bars and restaurants. A significant number are believed to be engaged to work at Twickenham on Saturday during England’s final Six Nations’ match against Scotland. The move would also require the full approval and cooperation of emergency services.A benefit of a wholesale switch would be that all of Wednesday’s races would take place as advertised on the Old course, which is used for the first two days of the meeting with the action switching to the New course on Thursday and Friday.“While our focus is to race is to race tomorrow, should the weather conditions not allow this we would stage the whole of Wednesday’s card on Saturday,” Renton said. “This would allow for all seven scheduled races to be restaged to provide participants with their opportunity to race at the Festival and with originally advertised conditions, which would not be possible in the two remaining days.”If Wednesday’s card is abandoned, all ticket-holders will receive automatic refunds, while tickets for Saturday’s meeting will be available on Cheltenham’s website. There will be only two enclosures if the card is moved, with Club and Tattersalls combined to form a single enclosure and the Best Mate enclosure also open on the other side of the track. news Cheltenham Festival Read more Share on Twitter Cheltenham Festival 2019 Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Premier Praises Canada Games Volunteers

first_imgWith the first week of the Halifax 2011 Canada Games drawing to a close today, Feb. 18, Premier Darrell Dexter praised the thousands of volunteers who have gone out of their way to ensure people visiting Nova Scotia feel at home. “I have visited several venues this week, and everywhere I go all I hear from people is how wonderful our volunteers are,” said Premier Dexter. “It speaks volumes about our province when people go back to their homes after the Games and talk about how warm and friendly a place Nova Scotia is.” More than 5,000 Nova Scotians of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are putting in at least 24 hours each during the Games. More than half of those have submitted their names to Events Nova Scotia to be contacted for future volunteer opportunities. “The Canada Games legacy is much greater than simply bricks and mortar,” said Premier Dexter. “Nova Scotia will also have enhanced sport programming and an enhanced volunteer base, not to mention the fact that the Games experience helps our coaches and referees build their skills and encourage future generations of Nova Scotians to develop a love for sport.” The premier thanked volunteers for their time and energy, and encouraged people visiting venues to acknowledge the hard work of the volunteers to help make the Games a success. Week 2 of the Canada Games begins Sunday, Feb. 20, with the preliminary round for women’s hockey. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.canadagames2011.ca .last_img read more

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Ottawa signals plan to stay clear as provinces role out marijuana regulations

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government appears ready to take a hands-off approach as provinces begin rolling out how they plan to police the sale and use of marijuana once it becomes legal.Ontario last week became the first province to unveil its plans for handling legalized pot by announcing that it would closely mimic the province’s current system for liquor.Marijuana will be sold at 150 dedicated stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, it will only be sold by those aged 19 or over, and consumption will only be allowed in private residences.The proposal has sparked anger and concern from some pot activists and aspiring retailers, who have warned that Ontario’s proposed model will limit supplies and do little to eliminate the black market.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale refused to weigh in Sunday on Ontario’s proposed plan, and indicated that the federal government would stay out of how provinces address marijuana legalization.“Each province has the flexibility to design it the way they think most appropriate. Ontario has laid out their proposal. That’s within their jurisdiction to do,” he said.“Other provinces, I would imagine now, will come forward with their recommendations. They may follow the Ontario model. They may choose a different approach.”Goodale, who spoke to reporters following a ceremony to honour fallen firefighters in Ottawa, reaffirmed that the purpose of legalization is to keep pot away from minors and organized crime.And he expressed confidence that whatever model individual provinces decide to adopt, those aims will be met.“Each province will adopt different tools as they see fit for their jurisdiction,” Goodale said.“But there is no diluting of the goal: protect our kids and stop the flow to crime. And Ontario, I’m sure, will be designing that they believe will accomplish that objective effectively.”The Trudeau government is moving to legalize recreational marijuana by next July, and earmarked $247 million over five years on Friday to support policing and border efforts associated with that plan.Goodale said the money is part of the Liberals’ promise to ensure provinces, municipalities and law-enforcement agencies have the tools and resources to enforce the new laws governing legalized pot.“Law enforcement will need the tools to do that job, so we put money on the table as promised to assist with training and to assist with the acquisition of the right kind of technical equipment,” he said.The promised new funding includes $161 million to train frontline officers in how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug-impaired driving, provide access to drug-screening devices and educate the public.Some of that money will also be used to develop policy, bolster research and raise awareness about the dangers of drug-impaired driving.The remaining $113 million will go to Public Safety, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure organized crime does not infiltrate the legalized system and to keep pot from crossing borders.– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Clock ticking for solution to BC rock slide blocking salmon experts

first_imgCLINTON, B.C. — Experts say a rock slide that created a five-metre waterfall on the Fraser River is a significant problem that could spell disaster for British Columbia’s threatened salmon populations.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the waterfall is blocking most chinook salmon in the river from migrating upstream to spawn, and a number of other populations are expected later in the summer.Aaron Hill, executive director of Watershed Watch Salmon Society, says several of the populations that use the river are already in peril and their numbers would severely decline if they are unable to spawn.He notes the obstruction near Big Bar, northwest of Kamloops near Clinton in the Interior, is fairly low down on the long and winding river so it’s affecting a large part of the Fraser watershed and major tributaries.Vincent Bryan, an innovator behind a possible solution known as the ‘salmon cannon,’ says the problem is urgent because fish will start arriving en masse in August and by the middle of that month there will be a million or more sockeye backed up.Bryan’s company, Whooshh Innovations, has created a flexible, pressurized tube that moves fish over obstructions and he’s been at the rock slide site assessing how the system could work there.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Doig River First Nations presents Kih tsaaʔdze Tribal Park to Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent City Council meeting, Doig River First Nations made a presentation to Council and requested a letter to be sent to the Pathway to Canada, Target 1 Challenge, to receive funding to for a four year work plan and establish their Tribal Park, K’ih tsaaʔdze (“kih-tsah-tsay”).Council carried the motion to write the requested letter in order for the Doig River First Nation to move forward and prepare their proposal for funding from the Pathway to Canada, Target 1 Challenge, part of Canada’s Nature fund.  By establishing the K’ih Tsaa?dze Tribal Park as an Indigenous Protected and Conserved area, the park will maintain the following; “Doig has been really good at inclusivity. We are all land users, this is our backyard. There has to be a balance between industry and enviroment,”Chief Trevor Makadhay said at the end of the presentation, “It is up to all of us to bring initiatives like this to a happy ending. If we do it all together, its something we can all be proud of together.”Mayor Lori Ackerman shared, through openness, transparency and accountability to your community you have been able to achieve that and I see that same approach with this project. 1. Maintain Doig River traditional and contemporary cultural uses2. Restore ecological integrity and biological diversity3. Maintain natural ecological integrity and biological diversityThe land in which the K’ih Tsaa? dse is located is rich with cultural significance to the Doig River First Nations. The land holds deep spiritual meaning as it has been a place of stories that tell about many births and deaths that have taken place there.Application to the Nature Fund and the potential of receiving funds would bring provinces, territories, Indigenous people, the private and non-profit sectors together to collaborate towards meeting the terrestrial elements of Target 1 of Canada’s 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets shares the Doig River First Nations.Target 1 states: “By 2020, at least 17 percent of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.”K’ih Tsaa?dze will be managed under an ecosystem-based conservation plan (EBCP), prepared by Doig River First Nation, and endorsed by the Provinces of BC and Alberta. The focus of the plan will be to protect, and/or where necessary, restore natural ecological and cultural integrity within K’ih Tsaa?dze.K’ih Tsaa?dze Tribal Park is made up of boreal forest, including wetlands, deciduous forests, mixed wood forests and coniferous forest which is home to a highly productive, biologically diverse boreal ecosystems, rare species and a natural habitat for boreal Caribou.The area which is located 40 kilometres northeast of Fort St. John, is 90,000-hectares of land straddling the B.C.-Alberta border.last_img read more

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35inch floppy disk turned into a fancy USB drive

first_imgYou snot nosed kids might think that your USB flash drives are the be-all and end-all of storage, but us old coots were there on the front lines back when the data you could fit on a disk could be counted not in gigabytes, but kilobytes. Back in those days, the 3.5-inch reigned supreme over its inferior density progenitor, the 5.25-inch floppy. Not only could you fit it right in your pocket, but it could fit an amazing 1.44 megabytes of information on a single disk. Amazing, right? That’s how hardcore we were. Unfortunately, times and standards change, and what was once the hottest thing in storage media is now a dusty old relic. You can’t even buy a computer that comes with a 3.5-inch disk drive anymore, and if you want to read those disks, well, you need to buy a USB reader from a specialty shop.The form factor of the 3.5-inch drive, though, remains as functionally sexy as it ever did. Perhaps that what prompted one modder to launch a neat DIY project, in which he converted an old 3.5-inch floppy into a working USB flash drive. The USB cord even retracts: simply slide the disk protector to the side and out pops the cable. Ingenious, and to make the whole mod even cooler, the maker in question installed a small red LED in the write/protect switch which will tell you when the data within is being accessed.Pretty cool, and we approve. I’m just waiting for the day someone figures out how to do this with a 5.25-inch floppy.Read more at Technaboblast_img read more

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Samsung shows off 55inch glassesfree 3DTV prototype with 9 viewing angles

first_imgWith the Nintendo 3DS debuting imminently, you might be wondering why glasses-free 3D is being limited to handheld devices when it’s just begging to come to the living room. The reason is simple: glasses-free 3D is easy to do when you can predict where someone’s eyes are going to be, but much less so the more viable viewing angles there are. So while it’s easy for Nintendo to predict where a user’s eyes are going to be on a handheld device that they will need to clutch with both hands during playtime, the problem becomes a lot more difficult when you’re talking about a 60-inch HDTV viewable from any angle in a living room.Samsung‘s working on that problem, though. They’ve just showed off a 55-inch 3D LCD TV that is completely glasses-free, and it could revolutionize three-dimensions in our living rooms if it’s ever released.While glasses-free 3DTVs have been shown off before, what really sets Samsung’s 55-incher apart is the sheer number of viewpoints that are supported. You’ll be able to get glasses-free 3D as long as you’re sitting at up to nine different angles in front of it, which is the best we’ve seen yet. How does it work? The TV is equipped with an LCD panel whose optical refraction index can be changed in front of an LCD panel used for displaying images. The first LCD panel functions as a lens and shows different images to the right and left eyes. If the optical refraction index isn’t changed, you see 2D: if it is, you see 3D.Other specs look impressive too: it’s full HD at 1080p, has a brighness of 500cd/m2 and a static contrast ratio of 4,000:1.Unfortunately, this HDTV is a prototype right now, and it’ll take about three years to commercialize the tech. But glasses-free 3D in 2015 is just going to rock, don’t you think?Read more at Techonlast_img read more

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Première une température de 4000 milliards de degrés recréée à la surface

first_imgPremière : une température de 4.000 milliards de degrés recréée à la surface de la Terre !Des scientifiques sont parvenus à recréer une température 250.000 fois supérieure à celle du centre du Soleil (15 millions de degrés), soit près de 4.000.000.000.000 °C. Voilà 13,7 milliards d’années, c’est-à-dire depuis le Big Bang, qu’une température aussi élevée n’avait pas été engendrée dans l’Univers. A l’échelle de la Terre, une telle température n’a jamais été atteinte. À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Cette expérience doit permettre d’en apprendre plus sur la formation de l’univers, puisque ce dernier est le résultat d’une explosion massive. Les scientifiques ont ici utilisé la même méthode : ils ont recréé des explosions engendrant des températures extrêmes. Celles-ci n’ont duré qu’un billionième de seconde : elles ont été formées dans le Laboratoire national de Brookhaven, à New York, dans un accélérateur de particules géant (le Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, d’une circonférence de 2,4 km). Des ions d’or, ou des atomes chargés d’or ont été percutés les uns contre les autres à une vitesse proche de celle de la lumière pour produire une telle température. Cette dernière entraîne la fonte des protons et des neutrons, d’après le docteur Steven Vigdor, le responsable de l’expérience. Les physiciens prévoient maintenant de faire se percuter des ions de plomb dans le Large Hadron Collider, en Suisse : une collision qui devrait entraîner des températures encore supérieures.Le 17 février 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La Chine a bien participé au piratage de Google

first_imgLa Chine a bien participé au piratage de GoogleHier soir, Wikileaks a mis en ligne une partie des 250.000 câbles diplomatiques envoyés par les ambassades américaines au département d’Etat entre 1966 et février 2010. Parmi ces informations confidentielles, l’implication de la Chine dans le piratage de Google est confirmée.Les dirigeants chinois refusaient d’avouer leur responsabilité dans l’attaque virtuelle dont fut victime Google, mais aussi d’autres entreprises américaines, en janvier 2010. Selon une source d’information chinoise, citée par l’ambassade des Etats-Unis à Pékin, la Chine aurait commandité le piratage de Google. Cette affaire concerne des agents gouvernementaux, des experts en sécurité et des hackers connus et recrutés par les autorités chinoises. L’Empire du milieu espionne ainsi plusieurs entreprises depuis 2002. Le gouvernement américain ainsi que les ordinateurs du Dalaï-Lama ont aussi été victimes des agissements chinois.Les comptes de messagerie électronique Gmail de certains dissidents chinois avaient même été visités provoquant la colère de la firme et des autorités américaines.Suite aux accusations envers la Chine, Google avait choisi de ne pas se plier à la législation chinoise en galvaudant les interdictions sur les moteurs de recherche, comme les sites parlant de la révolte de Tian’anmen, par exemple. Les révélations de Wikileaks vont certainement bouleverser l’ordre établi dans les relations diplomatiques.Le 29 novembre 2010 à 13:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Les images de lespace qui ont marqué la semaine

first_imgLes images de l’espace qui ont marqué la semaineRetrouvez sur Maxisciences les images de l’espace les plus remarquables publiées cette semaine.Entre les étoiles, les galaxies, les engins spatiaux ou encore notre planète bleue, les phénomènes à immortaliser ne manquent dans l’espace. Certains télescopes les observent en continu et permettent d’obtenir de fascinants clichés.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAParmi ceux publiés sur Internet cette semaine, découvrez l’extraordinaire galaxie UGC 1810 en forme de rose immortalisée par le télescope Hubble, un duo de galaxies situées à environ 70 millions d’années-lumière de la Terre dans la constellation du Sextant, ou encore un nuage d’étoiles en formation au-dessus du centre de notre Voie Lactée capturé en infrarouge par WISE.Cliquez ci-dessous pour visualiser ces photographies étonnantes :https://www.maxisciences.com/espace/espace-les-photos-de-la-semaine_art14159.html Le 22 avril 2011 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Enfants de 56 ans les problèmes de santé suivent des disparités géographiques

first_imgEnfants de 5-6 ans: les problèmes de santé suivent des disparités géographiquesDans son bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire publié aujourd’hui, l’Institut de veille sanitaire, révèle un lien étroit entre la récurrence des problèmes de santé touchant les enfants de 5/6 ans et les régions géographiques où ils vivent en France.Obésité, asthme, problèmes de vues, d’élocution ou dentaires… Les complications de santé touchant les enfants de 5 à 6 ans sont nombreuses. Étroitement lié au mode de vie qui régit le quotidien, l’état de santé de sujets infantiles observé sur l’ensemble du territoire français semble être soumis à de notables disparités géographiques. Parmi les plus touchés : les régions du Nord et de l’Est de la France.Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, Thibaut de Saint Pol de l’Ecole nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique, a étudié de près une enquête réalisée en 2005-2006 auprès de 23.518 enfants de grande section de maternelle. Les données sur les problèmes de santé confrontées à celles sur le mode de vie des sujets (quantité de sommeil, consommation de boissons sucrées, temps passé devant la télévision ou les jeux vidéo) lui ont ainsi permis de définir des tendances générales par région académique.Ses résultats, publiés aujourd’hui dans le bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire de l’Institut de veille sanitaire, indiquent d’importantes variations géographiques notamment sur la problématique de surcharge pondérale touchant les enfants de cet âge. L’auteur de l’étude indique qu’au niveau national, le taux des 5/6 ans victimes de ce type de problème s’élève pour l’académie de Strasbourg à 15,3% de l’ensemble des enfants français dans ce cas, et 6,6% Nantes.Plus de dents cariées dans le Nord et dans l’Est À lire aussiAsthme : symptômes, traitement, définition, causes, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pour les problèmes de vue en revanche, Thibaut de Saint Pol révèle une prédominance au niveau des académies de Reims avec un taux de 30,1% et de Clermont-Ferrand (29%). Les problèmes dentaires et plus particulièrement de dents cariées sont particulièrement présents dans le Nord et l’Est, ainsi que dans les départements d’Outre-mer.Concernant le mode de vie, la consommation de boissons sucrées et le temps passé devant un écran prévaut particulièrement dans le Nord et l’Est. En effet, 41% des 5/6 ans consomment tous les jours ce type de produit à Lille, 40% à Strasbourg, contre seulement 14% en Corse et 18% à Nice. Le taux d’enfants passant plus de trois heures devant la télévision ou les jeux vidéos les jours sans école, s’élève quant à lui à 33% pour l’académie de Lille.Le 6 septembre 2011 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wandersongs Musical Might Goes Beyond Rhythm Games

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target My favorite music games understand that while mastering rhythm is certainly satisfying, music is also about creative expression, not just hitting notes on a lane with perfect timing. Look at Thumper’s moody and purposeful lack of rhythm, DJ Hero’s gamification of mashups, or even the admirable of philosophy (if awful MIDI samples) of Wii Music. Wandersong is more in this tradition, a game with mighty musical mechanics exploring the imaginative possibilities of what a “music game” can even be.Wandersong’s cheeky opening has you picking up an unwieldy sword to take out a ferocious monster. You can barely swing the weapon and it ruins your running and jumping. Combat is a burden. When your dumb sword breaks then you aren’t left helpless but instead empowered to use your true talent: your singing voice. With its message of artistic pacifism made clear in the first minutes, Wandersong then sets you on an adventure to figure out all the different ways your singing can save the world.To sing, simply tilt the right analog stick in one of eight different directions each representing a color-coded tone. But from there the game derives a bunch of clever scenarios for what is basically a puzzle-platformer. There are rhythm minigames where you have to sing notes on beat to bust ghosts. But you can also sing to interpret their language and reunite them with living loved ones. During a “boss fight” you sing in an opposing tone to the monster’s yelling to cancel it out and walk forward for a hug. Platforming segments have you calling birds over to you to boost your jump, guiding wind currents, or singing to plants to guide their petals-turned-platforms. Communing with nature like this reminded me of Fe earlier this year. Or it’s like the parts of every Legend of Zelda game involving a musical instrument.Complementing the whimsical Disney comedy musical tone (featuring actual music, which is crucial) is Wandersong’s adorable art style. The different villages and forests and towers you explore looked ripped out of a storybook. The story is presented in acts and the handmade aesthetic along with the emphasis on theatrical musical performances gives off a real “let’s put on a show!’ vibe. The paper cut-out look also somewhat effects the gameplay as you hop between different background and foreground layers that might have otherwise been flat. Paper Mario fans might dig it, if they aren’t still complaining that the series isn’t an interminable JRPG anymore.Actual musicals are something I’m hit and miss on, even when SpongeBob is involved. But Wandersong demonstrates a lot of promise for the idea of an interactive musical action-adventure video game. We just need a better name for that genre. It’s another cool Nintendo Switch (and PC) game to play before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out.Full Disclosure, Wandersong comes from Humble Bundle, which as a subsidiary of IGN is a part of the same Ziff Davis family as Geek.com.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Senior Heroes Awards will recognize service

first_imgClark County – The overworked family caregiver who never rests. The professional caregiver who cherishes her aging client’s surviving memories. The social worker who makes sure home is safe before discharging senior citizens from the hospital. The business that figures out ways to help. The hospice team that provides education and support at the end of life.A new honor for people who serve senior citizens has been announced by a local group of senior-citizen specialists: The Senior Hero Award. Nominations for a total of six awards in three different categories are now open. There’s one Pat Jollota Lifetime Achievement Award; two Senior-Focused Business awards, for-profit and nonprofit; and three Caregivers of the Year: in-home, facility and family.Nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 15 to CDM Caregiving Services in downtown Vancouver. Award winners will be notified on March 27 and they’ll be honored at a May 17 luncheon at Club Green Meadows. Details about the luncheon are pending.Call Julie Williams at 360-513-9825 or Dee Memering at 360-901-3703 with questions. Or visit http://cdmcaregiving.org and scroll down to “Senior Heroes Luncheon Awards.”last_img read more

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JALEX Calls for more support to homegrown music

first_imgWith Mamour M. MbengaAfromanding singer, Jalex, stressed that the Gambians need to lend more support to the musicians of the country to develop the music industry and enable them to be internationally-recognized.He was speaking during a programme called ‘Edutainment Unlimited’, a newly-introduced radio programme for children in education and entertainment on West Coast Radio one.He urged banks and record companies to offer more support to emerging artistes and Gambian music generally, insisting only artistes from privileged backgrounds have the resources to become international stars.Jalex believes business tycoons and Gambians alike can truly protect Gambian artists, and enhance the promotion of Gambian music for global market.According to the Bakau-born musician, several of Gambia’s biggest names in music are not given much respect in Gambia, until a few were accepted in foreign countries.He asked where in Gambia has an artist’s sold his entire album released songs in a single album or even a full album? But they buy Afro-beat songs, albums and CDs rap, soul and anything else foreign. But ask them if they buy our cultural music, something that is locally made.He noted that culturally-owned music is Gambia’s biggest asset, and implored Gambians to wake up and smell the fresh air.He said citizens from other countries will gladly imitate the country’s music and reap its profits if Gambia fails to support its own.He noted “We have to have faith in our products. We must try to elevate the good things about our beloved nation, to put it on the world map like the music and stop supporting the negative songs sung by foreign artists, who now use their music to exploit our children, which is not helping. What is Baby ‘Pull Over’? Ladies showing off in complete nakedness in video clips!”When ask by one of the children what will he do if given the platform to change Gambian music for better, Jalex replied that he would make every effort to allow local artists grow and make good hits for the building of their own music industry, which would get them into music businesses.“So many artists are disadvantaged. They cannot start because of their background, and the best music comes from those in challenging backgrounds… It comes from places and people that are really struggling to make some meaning out of their existence.“Artists are treated just as mere puppets in our music; just as they are not overwhelmingly accepted”.]]>last_img read more

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Coral Gables High student accused of making threats gets trial date

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A judge has set a trial date for a student accused of threatening Coral Gables Senior High School.The parents of David Fernandez, along with his attorney, were in court Wednesday morning. Fernandez was not present.A judge set the trial date for sometime in July, while the teen will remain in jail.Related: Police: Coral Gables Sr. High student arrested for making social media threatsFernandez was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly created a fake email account under a classmate’s name. He then posted threats against Coral Gables Senior High.Fernandez has been charged with false reporting concerning planting a bomb.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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