Health and Vitality; The Commonwealth Challenge, a message from Her Majesty The Queen: There are few feelings more satisfying than waking to a new day with a sense of well-being. Good health is a precious gift. Yet many do not share in this. Some 40 million people today are living with HIV/AIDS, well over half of whom are Commonwealth citizens. Half a million women die each year in pregnancy and childbirth — and the death of any mother has huge consequences for the rest of the family. Yet very many of these deaths are preventable with adequate health care. Ignorance and lack of understanding about these issues sometimes breed uncertainty, even fear, and the inclination to turn from those who are unwell. But we know, for example, that someone who is HIV positive can, with proper support, lead a full and rewarding life. I am pleased that Commonwealth governments are playing their part in tackling disease and improving health for all. Polio, for example, used to cast its shadow across many countries. Today, thanks to concerted international action, just a handful still need to eliminate polio. The same approach and commitment to other global scourges, such as malaria and tuberculosis, can achieve equally impressive results. There is also much we can do through non-governmental organization and especially as individuals. Poor health is sometimes linked to the way we choose to live. But many of us can often take steps to eat better food or take more exercise. We can also, as communities, work to improve our surroundings to make them cleaner, safer places in which to live. The importance of good health is so wonderfully exemplified on the sports field. Sporting events can be the spur to extraordinary human achievement. Sport also demonstrates the value of co-operation and team-work, and the importance of mental and physical control. In Melbourne, in just a few days time, I will be opening what are known as “The Friendly Games.” Commonwealth athletes will gather once more a spirit of goodwill and fellowship, and will strive to achieve new heights of excellence. As we watch our finest sportsmen and women compete, we will see clearly what exercise at the very highest level can contribute to both sport and spirit. There is a traditional proverb which says, “He who has health has everything.” This year, as governments search for new ways to tackle these important challenges, we as individuals can also play our part so that, in pursuing health and vitality for all, we bring hope to the world. Elizabeth R. -30-
October 22, 2019
Want to learn how to attract volunteers? To raise funds successfully during tough times? What about recruiting and managing a volunteer board? Answers to these questions, and many others, are available in the new Voluntary Sector Resource Collection. The new collection was launched by Marilyn More, Minister of Volunteerism, today, Sept. 30, at Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth. Members of the voluntary sector also attended. “The voluntary and non-profit sector makes a valuable contribution to our communities,” said Ms. More. “This new collection will help groups get current, helpful and timely information they need to continue their important work.” The collection, which includes books, periodicals and online resources, covers topics such as fundraising, risk management, media relations and more. It will be available, at public libraries across the province, to anyone with a library card. Currently, French resources are available online only. Hard copy resources will be added as they become available. “The collection will be a valuable source for staff in voluntary organizations, co-ordinators of volunteers, both paid and unpaid, and volunteer board members,” said Sandra Murphy, executive director of Community Links, a provincial organization that works for seniors’ well-being, community development and volunteerism. “Having these resources available through the regional and local libraries will be a great asset to the sector.” The province has invested $9,000 in the collection. The initiative is a partnership between the Department of Health Promotion and Protection-Volunteerism, and the Nova Scotia Public Libraries division of the Department of Education.
October 22, 2019
To read the full investigative report into the arrest and detention of Ms. Paul visit www.gov.ns.ca/just/vp_inv.asp . Immediately issue a directive to all municipal police agencies and the RCMP to reiterate the current police standards for lock-ups Begin work to implement the two recommendations specific to Department of Justice and police standards Meet with Truro Police Service to discuss its plan to address the 11 recommendations specific to it Strike a working group to review all of the recommendations in the report Issue a progress report in six months Justice Minister Ross Landry today, May 24, released the results of an independent review into the arrest and detention of Victoria Rose Paul by the Truro Police Service. The review was ordered by the province in August 2011 and conducted by Nadine Cooper Mont. The report makes 13 recommendations — two for the province and 11 for the Truro Police Service. Ms. Paul was arrested on Aug. 28, 2009. While in custody, she suffered a massive stroke and later died in hospital on Sept. 5, 2009. “I first want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Victoria Paul,” said Mr. Landry. “While this report clarifies the facts about what happened to Ms. Paul, it is disturbing and difficult to read. “I want to assure the family and Nova Scotians that I take all of the recommendations seriously and I will work with Truro police and other police agencies to help ensure something like this never happens again.” The recommendations for the Department of Justice focus on provincial police standards with respect to lock-up facilities. The report recommends clarifying the standards and the role and purpose of annual lock-up inspections. “I accept the two recommendations relating to the Department of Justice and our role in lock-up facilities and we will begin working immediately to implement these recommendations,” said Mr. Landry. “We will also review all of the other recommendations and ensure that the system and all police agencies learn from this tragic incident and make improvements.” The Department of Justice will take the following steps to address the recommendations outlined in the report:
October 13, 2019
TORONTO – Sears Canada Inc. has decided to shut its doors and is seeking approval to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores — leaving another 12,000 employees across the country without a job.The embattled retailer, which sought protection from its creditors in June, said Tuesday it had failed to find a buyer that would allow it to continue as a going concern.The court overseeing Sears Canada’s operations is set to hear a motion Friday seeking approval for the liquidation and wind down of the business.“The company deeply regrets this pending outcome and the resulting loss of jobs and store closures,” Sears Canada said in a statement on Tuesday.Last week, Sears received a revised bid from a buyer group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl to buy the business and keep it operating. It was the latest move in a weeks-long discussion process after Stranzl stepped away from his role to launch the bid.However, on Tuesday, the retailer said that “following exhaustive efforts, no viable transaction” was received.A lawyer for Stranzl did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Mark Caiger, managing director of mergers and acquisitions at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., says in his affidavit that he understands Stranzl “continues to have communications with certain stakeholders regarding a potential going concern transaction,” according to court documents.Sears Canada’s court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada told the court last week it would consider the revised bid but the company was running out of money and time.Sears Canada currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores, and roughly 49 Sears Hometown stores, facing closure, according to company spokesman Joel Shaffer.The retailer currently has approximately 12,000 employees, three-quarters of which are part-time, Shaffer added. Of the roughly 800 employees in Sears Canada’s head office, the vast majority will leave next week, he said.That tally doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada previously announced in June, when it announced the closure of 20 department store locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet and 14 Sears Hometown locations.Sears Canada plans to start the liquidation sales no later than Oct. 19, a process which is expected to continue for 10 to 14 weeks.However, Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former Sears Canada employees, says a liquidation would be “extremely detrimental.”“We are dismayed to say the least that this is going in this direction,” Ursel said in an interview. “But we are working, along … with pension representative council, to pursue all avenues possible as an alternative to liquidation. So, it ain’t over yet.”She would say only that they are looking at “different forms of a going concern operation.”Litigators for a group of lenders who have provided debtor-in-possession financing to Sears Canada to keep it afloat pushed for a liquidation agreement to be entered into by Oct. 7 at the latest. The lenders pushed for approval no later than Oct. 13, in order to liquidate before the crucial holiday season and maximize value.Sears Canada has been operating under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act since June, but had been struggling for years as consumers gravitated towards e-commerce and away from big department stores.Jean Rickli, a senior adviser with retail and marketing consulting firm J.C. Williams Group, said the retailer had taken some positive steps to revitalize the brand in recent years, such as a new logo and utilizing pop-up shops.“Frankly, it was all a little, too little, too late,” he said.Sears Canada has faced a “slow and steady demise over the last 20 years,” said retail analyst Bruce Winder, the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network. He pointed to sales declines, dusty shelves and a lack of investment in technology.The move towards liquidation is the latest evidence that the Canadian retail industry is in “major flux” and that companies that were safe decades ago are now “in jeopardy”, he added.Winder added that the Canadian retail landscape is much smaller now, making it tougher for the thousands of Sears Canada employees to find new jobs of similar calibre.“It’s a sad day for us in retail, in many ways,” he said. “(For) the employees, as well as losing an icon.”
October 13, 2019
FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) is warning local residents of the increase of smoke in the area due to the wildfires taking place in Alberta.The NRRM shares on their FB Page that smoke is drifting across the top of BC and moving north as a result of large fires in Alberta. On Monday afternoon, Alberta wildfire officials were aware of 20 active wildfires burning across Alberta.You can check the smoke situation by clicking HERE a site that displays predicted smoke forecasts for all of Canada. More information on wildfire smoke is available on BC Wildfires & Air Quality and BC wildfire information is always available on the BC Wildfire Service website. (Report wildfires at 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell.) The NRRM is also reminding residents about entering another fire season, to remember to use extra caution when burning. With current conditions, it is more difficult to detect nearby fires.Another way to stay up to date is with the Voyant Emergency Alert System, to receive emergency alerts on your cell phone (or by email or a landline phone) CLICK HEREFor more information on the Voyan Emergency Alert System, CLICK HERE
September 22, 2019
NEANDERTHALS WERE PARTIAL to a bit of pigeon, according to a new study looking at the eating habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors.In the archaeological findings, it is shown that neanderthals in Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar consumed the feral pigeons direct ancestor, the rock dove.The earliest evidence of rock doves being used as regular food stock dates back around 67,000 years, highlighting that neanderthals took to the practice independently – before the introduction of modern humans.Consumption of pigeon still occurs today, but generally is restricted to the wood pigeon variety.Gorham’s Cave is located on the south side of Gibraltar and faces out onto the Mediterranean Sea.The cave is now at water level but at the time of habitation by the neanderthals, it would have been situated higher and may have been located several kilometres away from the sea.The research carried out in the area found 1,724 rock dove bones near the cave. On the remnants of the animals, cut marks were found on 28 of the bones, indicating human consumption. Teeth marks, belonging to 15 animals dating from the neanderthal period, were also found on bones. Burn marks on a rock dove bone Source: Blasco et alIn addition to this, some of the bones showed clear signs of burning. Archaeologists are able to tell that neanderthals would have cooked the rock dove due to the distribution of burn marks on the found remains. Some parts of the bones are notably less charcoaled while areas that would have been more exposed have a darker colouration. Cut marks on the rock dove bones Source: Blasco et alPreviously, evidence has been found showing neanderthals to have eaten snails, seals, dolphins and fish.READ: Pigeon tries to flirt with girl using mating dance, fails miserablyREAD: Someone tried to kill these Peregrine Falcons by feeding them poisoned pigeons
September 21, 2019
You know that scene in Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark reaches up with his transparent gizmo and takes over the TV’s in the hearing room? It looked so simple, so natural, as he reached up and took over the screen so he could show his videos on them. We’re far away from gadgets actively control another computer from across the room (while keeping us alive and powering our robot suits). Actually, I’m not so sure about that first part after seeing a demonstration of Clik.Clik gives your phone the ability to share a video on any screen with a web browser. Take the browser from any screen — be it a computer, a web-enabled TV, or anything else — head to http://www.clikthis.com. When you arrive at the website, you’ll be presented with a giant QR code… and not much else. Next, you take your iOS or Android device and grab the free Clik app from the Android Market or Appstore. When you launch the app, you’ll see a camera interface with everything but the circle in the middle of the screen shaded. Line up the QR code on the screen you want to take over with the circle on the phone, and Clik will grab control of the screen in about a second. Right now, all you are able to do is show videos from Clik’s customized YouTube system on a screen. You can search for videos you like and as soon as you press play on your phone, it starts to load on the screen. According to sources at Clik, the development team has big dreams of Clik evolving into a portal where you can share many different kinds of content in the same way that the current Clik app works. We’ve got a ways to go before anybody is sitting back in a chair looking smug like Tony Stark, but the Clik app shows some really interesting potential in this space. To be able to just grab someones browser and share your images, music, videos, or whatever else developers come up with is extremely cool.This video basically explains the app:More at Clikthis
September 20, 2019
Un séisme de magnitude 6,8 secoue le JaponMercredi à 19H08 heure locale, un séisme de magnitude 6,8 s’est déclenché sur la côte Est de l’île de Honshu au Japon. Les autorités ont mis en garde contre le risque de tsunami d’une hauteur maximale de 50 centimètres.Un an après le séisme et le tsunami dévastateur, la terre continue de trembler régulièrement au Japon. Mercredi à 19H08 heure locale, une secousse s’est produite au large de la côte Est de l’île de Honshu déjà touchée par la catastrophe en mars dernier. À lire aussiComment expliquer les mystérieux séismes au large de Mayotte ?De magnitude évaluée à 6,8, le séisme s’est déclenché au fond de l’océan Pacifique à 293 kilomètres de la ville de Hachinohe. La profondeur de l’épicentre a été estimée à 26,6 kilomètres, d’après l’Institut de géophysique américaine (USGS). La secousse s’étant révélée assez forte, l’Agence météorologique japonaise a mis en garde contre un risque de tsunami d’une hauteur maximale de 50 centimètres pouvant toucher les côtes des préfectures d’Aomori, d’Iwate (nord-est) et du Hokkaïdo. Ainsi, elle a conseillé aux habitants vivant près de la côte d’évacuer provisoirement leurs maisons. Pour l’heure, aucun dégât n’a été répertorié et aucune grosse vague n’a déferlé sur les villes côtières.Le 14 mars 2012 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambert
September 18, 2019
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope learned that he has been called up in the England World Cup squad by watching Sky Sports News in Paphos.After the end of last season, Pope was relaxing on vacation in Cyprus when he got the call from the FA that he is part of the England World Cup squad.However, he did not believe the news until he saw the announcement on Sky Sports News in a Paphos bar.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I was in Paphos in Cyprus,” he told Soccer AM, via Sky Sports.“I was in disbelief obviously so I went down to a local sports bar to check it was real an hour later, as you only find out an hour before the public and everyone learn.“So it gave me an hour to find a place with Sky Sports News!”Pope is currently nursing an injury after he dislocated his shoulder in the Europa League in August.
September 18, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo insists that winning awards is not an obsession for him after missing out on a record sixth Ballon d’OrDespite scoring 44 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid last season and playing a key part in the club winning their third straight Champions League title, Ronaldo was overlooked for both the FIFA and UEFA’s Player of the Year prizes.Instead, former Real team-mate Luka Modric came out on top for both awards after leading Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final and playing his own part in Real’s European success.But, for Ronaldo, the most important thing is winning silverware with his team rather than pursuing individual glory.“I’m not obsessed by individual prizes,” Ronaldo told Daily Record.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“The most important thing is to win collective trophies and help the team. The rest comes naturally.”Ronaldo added: “I don’t think all the time of beating records. I work above all to help the club and be at my best level.“The technical, tactical and physical level of all teams is better today. It’s increasingly tough to win so I have to keep working hard to stay on top.”The Juventus star hasn’t featured for Portugal since their last-16 defeat to Uruguay at the World Cup.But Ronaldo said in the interview he “envisages” himself being available in 2019 ahead of Portugal’s Nations League campaign.
September 17, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2014 – Christmas is early this year; Digicel TCI is first out of the gate with its Holiday season promotion. Magnetic Media there for the reveal launched in tandem with KBHome Center. Recommended for you Related Items:Digicel tci, Kb home center LIME TCI To Take Government To Court EJAY SAUNDERS SPEAKS OUT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
September 17, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 April 2015 – It is a public holiday tomorrow and Monday in the Turks and Caicos: Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday is commemorated by Christians worldwide as the day Jesus Christ was crucified to take away the sins of the world. Church services will be held around the country, with traditional eating being fish and hot crossed buns only. Sunday marks remembrance of resurrection day for Believers in the faith; usually accompanied by a special full moon. In the TCI, the Bight Park presents the venue for the annual kite flying competition where families enter and are rewarded for creativity in their original and unique kite designs. The kite competition is also held in North Caicos, South Caicos and Grand Turk. By Tuesday, the Edward Gartland Youth Center will begin a slew of activities tailored to the fancies of teenagers! See our Facebook page for the full list; all activities at the Youth Center are FREE. Edward Gartland Youth Center Art show coming January Camps galore at Youth Center in Provo Related Items:eaqster sunday, edward gartland youth center, good friday Recommended for you Nutrition in Demand summer camp
September 14, 2019
Newsweek publisher the Washington Post Company has acquired Foreign Policy magazine and its accompanying Web site from Washington, D.C.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.It was not immediately clear if any layoffs are associated with the acquisition. A WPC spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.However, according to a knowledgeable source, Foreign Policy managing editor William Dobson was laid off last week. He had been with the magazine for four years. Editor and publisher Moises Naim will stay with the magazine as editor, the WPC said in a release. Longtime Washington Post editor and foreign correspondent Susan Glasser has been named executive editor.As part of the deal, Foreign Policy will become part of the Washington Post Company’s Slate Group, which produces Slate, an online news magazine.Foreign Policy was launched as a quarterly journal in 1970. In 2000, it was relaunched as a glossy bi-monthly. The magazine has a 100,000 circulation and publishes eight foreign-language editions.WPC reported first half 2008 net income of $36.5 million, plummeting 73 percent from $133.2 million during the same period in 2007. Revenue, however, was $2.1 billion, up 7 percent from the same period last year.
September 10, 2019
See All Doomguy is back to take on hell. id Software/Bethesda After a triumphant return with 2016’s Doom, id Software’s iconic series is back with Doom Eternal. E3 2019 brought footage of the game and, more importantly, the announcement of a Nov. 22 release date. At QuakeCon on Friday, Doom Eternal took center stage during the event’s keynote called “Year of Doom.”First revealed at Bethesda’s 2018 E3 press conference, the gory, fast-paced, heavy-metal-blaring first-person shooter sequel will put players back in the role of the Doom Slayer, the hero from the original game who was revived to take on the forces of hell. This time around, demons have made their way to Earth, and it’s up to Doom Slayer to save the world once again. There were, however, some new additions to the game shown in the QuakeCon video. There’ll be a multiplayer mode that lets players fight against player-controlled demons creating asymmetric multiplayer gameplay. That’s when a team of players takes on one powerful opponent. In this case, the demons would be outgunned by Doomguy. Id also added an old-school element to Doom Eternal by giving players extra lives, according to a VG247 interview with executive producer Marty Stratton. Players will obtain an extra life that’ll be used when a character dies to avoid returning to a previous checkpoint. Stratton says this new addition will help when a player’s game is invaded by experienced opponents controlling the demons.Doomguy is about to unleash some pain with the chainsaw. id Software/Bethesda At QuakeCon 2019, the id team showed off a new demon called the Doom Hunter. The monster has its own chainsaw and rocket launcher making it a formidable opponent for the Doom Slayer. The Doom Hunter id Software Get ready for BattlemodeBethesda’s E3 2019 press conference expanded on the multiplayer mode, now officially called “Battlemode.” Announcing BATTLEMODE, DOOM Eternal’s brand-new 2v1 multiplayer, built in-house by the team at @idSoftware. #BE3 pic.twitter.com/uCVrjuF3d0— Bethesda (@bethesda) June 10, 2019 Share your voice What’s new in hellMembers of the id Software team showed off Doom Eternal’s gameplay for the first time at QuakeCon 2018 in August. For the most part, it looks to be the same as Doom 2016. Players will have to blast their way through waves of demons using a wide range of weapons and leaving a trail of carnage in their wake. Nintendo debuts Switch Lite console, Ookla says AT&T… Speaking of the Slayer, he will have access to all the weapons and equipment found in the game. There are also jump pads and monkey bars that will let him traverse the arena faster and evade the demons. Two portals are on the map that only the Slayer can use to help escape or sneak up on enemies, but the other team can use the portals to set a trap. A team wins when either the Doom Slayer or both demons are dead. For the demon team, when one teammate dies, they will have to wait 20 seconds before respawning with half health. This may not seem like a long time, but one demon is no match for a solo battle against the Slayer. Winning a round gives a team upgrades for the next fight. This could be more health or faster movement. The demon team can also upgrade what monsters they could summon including the tough Baron of Hell ,while the Doom Slayer will get even better equipment such as the BFG. After the game’s launch, id will continue to release new playable demons and maps for free. To close out the keynote, two more demons were shown: Arch-Vile and Marauder. The Arch-Vile can set the ground on fire to damage the Slayer while being able to teleport a short distance. The Marauder is a new demon debuting in Doom Eternal and made a brief appearance in the video. A heavenly touchAlso shown during the E3 press conference was a new trailer for the game that didn’t offer much in regard to content. nstead gave fans a little bit more of the sequel’s plot, such as the fact that Doomguy will also make his way to Heaven. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw • E3 2019 0 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know reading • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action The best new gaming laptops, ranked Now playing: Watch this: E3 2019 In the trailer, a voice warns that if the Doom Slayer continues with his mission, he’ll “bring down Heaven’s wrath.” There’s also a shot of what looks like an armored angel. The trailer is still vague on the detail of the storyline.Hook ’emDoomguy’s arsenal will consist of weapons from the previous game, such as the chaingun, rocket launcher and shotgun, but there will be a few new toys in Doom Eternal. One weapon from the early Doom games that’s returning is the Super Shotgun. The double-barreled weapon will deal a ton of damage, but more importantly, it has a grappling hook attachment called the Meat Hook, which lets players grab onto enemies from a distance and pull Doomguy to the attached monster. There’s also a new Ballista weapon that shoots out crossbow bolts that can explode. The Slayer also got some equipment upgrades, including a new blade attached to his wrist used for Glory Kills. He also has a shoulder-mounted launcher that can act like a mini-flamethrower. Doomguy has new trips up his sleeve, or rather, shoulder. id Software/Bethesda Where the hell to get this gameDoom Eternal will be released Nov. 22 for PS4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch and on PC via Steam and Bethesda’s game launcher. Expect to see more of the game in July during QuakeCon.Originally published June 7.Update June 25: Adds E3 2019 details. July 23: Adds QuakeCon details. July 26: Adds Battlemode details. Gaming Two players will take the role of demons and go up against one player controlling the Doom Slayer. The demon team will be outgunned, so strategy will be the key to winning a match. The different demons have their own strengths, such as being able to fly or summoning other monsters to help. As Doomguy, it’ll take skill to contend with the player-controlled demons and all the tricks up their sleeves. QuakeCon 2019’s “Year of Doom” keynote on Friday provided more Battlemode details, including new demons to play with. Players can pick the Revenant that can hover around the arena and fire rockets at the Doom Slayer and even unleash powerful rocket barrage. The Pain Elemental flies and has its own Soul Shield to defend itself. Then there’s the Mancubus that has a lot of firepower with dual rocket launchers and flamethrowers but can’t move very fast. Demons will also have access hazards, which are damage-dealing spots on the ground, and AI-controlled demons. These two will help develop a strategy to take on the Slayer. 41 Photos Post a comment Tags 1:28 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know
September 3, 2019
Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave EU and Union flags opposite the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain on 19 June. Photo: ReutersThe proportion of voters who favour a referendum on the final terms of any Brexit deal has overtaken those who do not for the first time, according to a YouGov poll for The Times.When they were asked whether there should be a referendum on the final terms of any Brexit deal, 42 per cent said there should be a fresh vote while 40 per cent said there should not. The rest did not know.The poll of 1,653 adults in the United Kingdom was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday this week, The Times said.Fifty-eight per cent of Labour voters, 67 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters and 21 per cent of Conservative voters supported a second referendum.In the 23 June, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million votes, or 51.9 per cent of votes cast, backed leaving the EU while 16.1 million votes, or 48.1 per cent of votes cast, backed staying. Many opinion polls were wrong about the result.Two years on from the referendum, the YouGov poll showed that the views of most voters on whether to leave had not changed.In the event of a referendum on Britain’s EU membership tomorrow, 45 per cent said that they would vote to remain, while 42 per cent would vote to leave, with 4 per cent saying that they would not vote and 9 per cent saying they did not know, The Times said.
September 2, 2019
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick delivers a keynote address during a Texas Public Policy Foundation orientation session on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.Hours after a Texas Senate committee mulled “red-flag” laws at the request of the governor, Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested in a news release Tuesday that any such law would be dead on arrival in the upper chamber in the next legislative session.As mass shootings continue across the nation, more and more states have adopted laws that allow courts to order the seizure or surrender of guns from people who are deemed dangerous by a judge. After the fatal shooting at Santa Fe High School in May, Gov. Greg Abbott held multiple roundtable discussions and then released a school and gun safety plan, which included a page requesting that the Legislature consider red flag laws.But after a four-hour hearing on the subject in the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security, Patrick released a statement making clear such proposals wouldn’t make it far in his chamber.“Regarding the topic of ‘Red Flag’ laws, which was discussed today in the select committee, I have never supported these policies, nor has the majority of the Texas Senate,” Patrick said. “A bill offered last session garnered little support. Governor Greg Abbott formally asked the legislature to consider ‘Red Flag’ laws in May so I added them to the charges I gave to the select committee. However, Gov. Abbott has since said he doesn’t advocate ‘Red Flag’ laws.”In his safety plan, Abbott urged the Texas House and Senate to hold hearings before the next legislative session, which begins in January, to “consider the merits of adopting a red flag law,” claiming that such orders could have been used to prevent the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs and Parkland, Fla. Democrats took the call as a nod of approval toward potential legislation.Last month, however, after the topic drew opposition from conservative groups and was knocked in the Texas GOP’s party platform, Abbott tweeted during a House hearing on red flag laws that the school safety plan he released in May wasn’t specifically advocating red flags laws — “only that it is something the legislature can consider.”In the House hearing, the cultural divide was evident as members of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee listened to 12 hours of testimony. Speakers included students who lost their friends and siblings in the recent shooting to those who feared disgruntled divorcees may be able to have someone’s firearms seized. The committee chairman, state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, who authored the failed 2017 legislation similar to many red flag laws, knocked Patrick’s dismissal Tuesday evening.“When my committee considered these laws at Governor Abbott’s request, we began with one fundamental premise: There are some very disturbed people who shouldn’t have guns, at least temporarily, and we believe we can devise a way to identify them fairly and constitutionally while protecting Second Amendment rights,” Moody said in response to Patrick’s statement. “Obviously, the lieutenant governor — who’s in charge of the Senate — doesn’t have the same faith in our lawmakers.”Abbott also asked the Legislature in his plan to evaluate whether existing protective orders are sufficient. Currently, courts can notify Texans under domestic violence protective orders that they cannot own guns or ammunition, but state law gives no guidance on how to get those Texans to hand over their firearms.Today’s meeting was the Senate committee’s fourth and final on school safety. Its chair, Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said the panel would release a report based on its meetings by the first week of August.Matthew Choi contributed to this report. Share
August 31, 2019
(PhysOrg.com) — Broadcom is highlighting a second coming of Wi-Fi in the name of the new IEEE standard 802.11ac, with this week’s announcement that its products based on the nascent standard will be ready for shipping in the second half of next year. The IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless standard of 802.11 under development. Image: Wikipedia. Wireless network service will be strengthened in three ways: in speed, longer range and battery efficiency. Broadcom provides system-on-a-chip and software solutions. Those who use Broadcom products are computing and networking equipment, digital entertainment, broadband-access, and mobile device manufacturers.At a media event in San Francisco this week, the company executive who talked about Broadcom’s push into 802.11ac also spoke on why the technology was advantageous. Rahul Patel, the company’s vice president of mobile and wireless, said the new version can operate at a speed of as much as 1.3 gigabits per second. The 802.11ac is also being singled out as using the less crowded 5Ghz band, which will be less prone to interference.As for battery advantages, since the speed is faster, it will take less time for the client to work to transmit and receive data compared with the 802.11n client.The new version offers longer range and improved wall penetration , adding up to better home service. Patel said the new speeds will make it ideal “plumbing” for the Internet-connected home. Improved connectedness will come none too soon considering consumer expectations with newer consumer electronic products. Patel said consumers will need faster Wi-Fi soon, to leverage features and functions of home technology devices such as being able to send multiple streams of video to their TVs. More devices than ever are competing for wireless connections in the home. According to a new consumer poll by JZ Analytics, nearly four times as many respondents have six or more wireless devices today than two years ago.The roadmap for the new standard, meanwhile, is populated with decisive stops along the way before full ratification of the standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance is holding its first 802.11ac compatibility testing plug-fest in the second quarter of next year. The event will lead to hardware interoperability. Existing hardware will be able to upgrade for any late changes to the standard via a firmware update This was the same procedure that was followed for 802.11n hardware, say observers.According to an IEEE industry perspective on the topic earlier this year, 802.11ac marks another milestone in wireless LAN throughputs. Since the adoption of the first 802.11 standard in 1997, there has been a steady and exponential growth in the maximum available data rate, said the article, authored by Qualcomm’s Richard Van Nee. The 802.11ac task group began work on the amendment to achieve aggregate throughputs beyond 1 Gb/s in the 5 GHz band. The 802.11ac standard will in turn represent a significant push of wireless LAN throughputs over the gigabit-per-second barrier. © 2011 PhysOrg.com NTT demos 802.11ac – next generation high-speed WiFi Citation: Broadcom will ship 802.11ac products in 2012 (2011, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-broadcom-ship-80211ac-products.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further
August 31, 2019
(Phys.org)—California based Hound Labs Inc. is claiming to have made a breakthrough in the rush to develop a portable device capable of detecting THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the breath of someone that has recently smoked a substance containing the chemical. They claim also that their device will soon be small enough for use by law enforcement to remove impaired drivers from the road. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Testing for secondhand marijuana exposure Several states in the U.S. have legalized recreational marijuana use, and even more have allowed it for medicinal use. This trend has law enforcement on edge as there is currently no roadside test that can detect THC use by a driver in real time—instead, if such use is suspected, police officers must take blood or urine samples that can take days to deliver an answer—that makes it difficult to arrest a driver on the spot, which means in some cases, letting them go to continue driving under the influence. Making things even more challenging is that not enough research has been done by scientists to find out how much THC in the body causes impaired driving—states have set different levels, and some have instituted a zero-level tolerance policy.In this new announcement, Hound Labs claims it has developed a device that is capable of detecting minute levels (below 500 picograms) of THC in the breath, which the company also claims is the only way to differentiate between heavy marijuana users who maintain high levels of THC in their bodies even hours or days after use, and those who have recently smoked it, in whatever form. Mike Lynn CEO and co-founder of the company is a practicing emergency medicine physician who has presumably witnessed the tragic consequences of people driving after smoking the drug and is looking to put a stop to it.As part of their announcement, Hound Labs says that it is working with scientists from academic institutions, law enforcement agencies and other researchers and expects to have a product small enough for a police officer to carry and use by the end of next year. They note also that the device will also work as an alcohol breathalyzer and should cost approximately the same as current breathalyzers. Citation: A new portable device to detect marijuana use almost right away (2015, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-portable-device-marijuana.html © 2015 Phys.org A dried flower bud of the Cannabis plant. Credit: Public Domain Explore further More information: houndlabs.com/science/
August 31, 2019
Nearly 90 per cent of people suffer from damaged knee joints by the age of 60-65 years, orthopedicians have said, adding that in majority of the cases the condition can be prevented by a proper lifestyle and food habits.According to doctors, 80 per cent of the people in urban India suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, which is the sole reason behind decreasing the bone mass density, leading to the increase of osteoporosis.Health organisations estimate that in 2014, a total of 50 million people across India are reported to be either osteoporotic or with low bone mass density. “In our country, joint and back pains are considered as part of the normal aging process. Therefore, instead of dealing with such problem seriously people prefer to go for quick fixes like analgesics or some pain relieving balms. “Such temporary solutions just further worsen the bone and joint conditions,” L. Tomar, a senior orthopedic surgeon at city’s Max super specialty hospital said in a statement on Tuesday. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Though surgery and knee transplants can be a solution for the knee damages, a majority of the people delay their knee surgery till the last stage without knowing that it is actually deteriorating their spine further, doctors opined.He said postponing the right treatment for the knee further worsens the condition and may lead to serious problems in the spine.Rajeev Jain, orthopedic surgeon at Safdarjung hospital said: “To help people avail the benefit of advanced treatment options, it is important that they know about the safer technologies like minimally invasive joint replacement surgeries which offer better clinical outcomes along with ensuring a quicker recovery without much blood loss or a hospital stay.” “…lack of awareness around right eating habits, healthy lifestyle, and available treatment options is further worsening the situation,” said Jain.
August 28, 2019
Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 19:53Incident overHighways England have confirmed the incident has been resolved and all traffic is flowing normally again.19:39Closure as follows:Northbound: Closed between T4 and T6Southbound: Closed between T6 and T519:38Motorists advised to use ‘regular’ M6A Highways England spokesman said:Road users further afield on the M6 south heading towards London and the South East, and road users on the M6 north heading towards the North West, may wish to consider remaining on the ‘regular’ M6 and to avoid joining the M6 Toll.” 19:37Highways England ask local motorists to consider using the A5A spokesman said: “Local traffic may wish to consider the nearby A5 as an alternative route.”19:23What we know so farThe M6 Toll is shut between junctions five and sixThe carriageway is closed in both directonsPolice are dealing with ‘an incident’The road has been shut since shortly after 7pm tonight UPDATE: This incident has now cleared. The M6 Toll Road is shut in both directions due to a police incident this evening. The carriageway is closed in both directions in the Brownhills area, near the border between Staffordshire and the West Midlands. Central Motorway Police Group are reported to be dealing with the incident. Highways England first reported the closure at around 7.10pm tonight (Saturday October 20). A spokesman said: “The M6 Toll Road in the West Midlands is closed in both directions while the Central Motorway Police Group deal with an incident near Brownhills. “The motorway is closed northbound between junctions T4 and T6. Southbound, the motorway is closed between junctions T6 and T5. “Local traffic may wish to consider the nearby A5 as an alternative route. “Road users further afield on the M6 south heading towards London and the South East, and road users on the M6 north heading towards the North West, may wish to consider remaining on the ‘regular’ M6 and to avoid joining the M6 Toll.” Traffic England are reporting some congestion. We have no further information on the nature of the incident on the motorway itself at this stage. We will bring you updates as we get them on the live feed below this article. Read MoreRoadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 this week