Government Introduces Offhighway Vehicle Action Plan

first_img enforcing mandatory registration with a dedicated enforcement unit; making training and certification programs mandatory; restricting off-highway vehicle use among youth and limiting the engine size of vehicles used by young people; and strengthening legislation to better protect private and public lands, wilderness and ecologically sensitive areas. An action plan for the use of off-highway vehicles in Nova Scotia that addresses issues such as enforcement and protection of property was introduced today, Oct. 12. The plan is based on the recommendations of a Voluntary Planning Task Force report on off-highway vehicle use. Thirty-seven of the task force’s 39 recommendations — which focused on public safety, prevention of environmental damage and protection of property rights and wilderness areas — have been accepted by government. In some cases they are being acted upon exactly as proposed. Other recommendations will be modified before they are implemented. “We recognize the need to ensure a balanced approach to the use of off-highway vehicles,” said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. “Our action plan addresses the enforcement, safety, protection of property, and environmental concerns of Nova Scotians.” Key areas to be implemented include: Work is already underway on many of the recommendations, with the others to be implemented within two years. The two recommendations that are not being accepted at this time are: larger licence plates and stickers on off-highway vehicles; and the display of two plates or stickers, versus the one currently required. They will be reviewed again once all other recommendations are in place. Off-highway vehicles include four and three wheelers, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles. There is a large and growing number of off-highway vehicles being used in Nova Scotia, with 37,040 registered in the province as of Dec. 31, 2004, compared to 32,407 in 2003. It is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 60,000 off-highway vehicles in use in Nova Scotia, and 5,000 new vehicles are sold each year. In March 2003, the province asked the Voluntary Planning Board to hold consultations, conduct research and make recommendations on the use of off-highway vehicles. In November 2004, the task force presented its findings, including 39 recommendations to government. An interdepartmental committee representing nine government departments was then set-up to review each recommendation and the potential impacts. Details of the province’s action plan can be found on the Department of Natural Resources website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr read more

Fatality Inquiry to Open Feb 18

first_img date, time and place of death circumstances under which the death occurred cause of death manner of death any other matter which may arise from the inquiry An inquiry looking into the November 2007 death of Howard Hyde will open at Halifax Provincial Court on Wednesday, Feb. 18, with a review of applications for standing. The bulk of the inquiry is scheduled for April 22 to Aug. 14. “It’s important that any party who believes he or she has standing at this inquiry be given an opportunity to make a case for that standing,” said Dan MacRury, chief Crown attorney for the Cape Breton Region and counsel appointed for the inquiry. “The inquiry is asking that any applications be submitted in writing prior to Feb. 18.” Provincial court judge Anne Derrick has been appointed to conduct the inquiry and to make recommendations on: The fatality inquiry was ordered by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Cecil Clarke last September. In conducting a fatality inquiry, Judge Derrick has all the powers of a commissioner appointed under the Public Inquiries Act, which includes the authority to hold public hearings and hear witnesses. Applications for standing may be submitted to Mr. MacRury at Commerce Tower, Third Floor, 15 Dorchester St., Sydney, N.S., B1P 5Y9. Applications can also be made by telephone at 902-563-3530; fax at 902-563-0506 or e-mail at macrurda@gov.ns.ca . Inquiry dates will be April 22, at the Halifax Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road, and July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, August 4-7 and 10-14 at the Halifax Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water St.last_img read more

RIVERDALE SEASON PREMIERE TO HONOUR MEMORY OF LUKE PERRY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Luke Perry attends the CW Network 2017 Upfront presentation at The London Hotel on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Luke Perry will be honoured in the season premiere of “Riverdale,” with his former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty guest starring.Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told a TV critics meeting on Sunday that the episode is “a moving piece” and “a tribute to our friend and a well-respected actor.”Perry died in March at age 52 after a massive stroke. His death occurred in the middle of filming for season three and wasn’t mentioned on the show. Producers opted until the season four premiere airing Oct. 9 to address what happened to Perry’s character Fred Andrews, the father of Archie. Login/Register With: Molly Ringwald is expected to have a bigger role as Archie’s mother.Doherty stars in Fox’s “BH90210” reboot series debuting Wednesday. It’s expected to also honour Perry.THE ASSOCIATED PRESScenter_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

New UN pocketcharts will save lives by predicting heart attack and stroke

Health workers around the world will be able to more easily identify those at risk of heart attacks and strokes and save some of the estimated 20 million lives lost to these diseases annually by prescribing the most appropriate treatment, thanks to a new book of pocket-charts launched by the United Nations health agency today. “This is a real breakthrough,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said. “Now, health care workers everywhere – whether they are in a high-tech medical centre in a big city or riding a bicycle to visit patients in the countryside – can use a simple assessment and treatment tool to prevent heart attacks and strokes.” “Primary health care workers now have a new tool to assess and manage people at risk of heart attacks and strokes. This brings cardiovascular care to the places and people who need it most,” she added of the book, which contains charts on such risk factors as age, sex, tobacco use, blood pressure, diabetes and blood cholesterol. It incorporates management recommendations in such areas as smoking cessation, dietary changes, physical activity, weight control, alcohol consumption, anti-hypertensive drugs, lipid lowering drugs, anti-platelet drugs, anti-coagulant treatment and vascular surgery. The “Pocket Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk,” available in six languages, contains easy-to-use charts and is the first cardiovascular disease risk-prediction system that can be used worldwide, including in low-resource settings. It is an important innovation that will help health workers to target limited health care resources at people who are at higher risk of developing heart attacks and strokes. “We are never prepared for the sudden death of a family member or a friend from a heart attack or stroke,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le Galès-Camus said. “Cardiovascular diseases are increasing towards epidemic proportions in developing countries – they already account for one-third of global deaths, and almost 10 per cent of the global burden of disease, and are likely to become the developing world’s leading cause of death in 2010,” she added. “There is reason for hope, however, given that huge potential exists to control this emerging epidemic. These risk charts are a major new tool for providing the best health care to all the world’s people.” WHO will be collaborating with national Health Ministries and nongovernmental organizations in setting up “training of trainers” workshops and distribution of the guide.Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death globally, causing one third of all deaths. In 2005, 11.8 million people died of heart attacks and other heart diseases, and 5.7 million died of stroke. Around 80 per cent of these deaths were in low- and middle-income countries. By 2015, an estimated 20 million people will die from CVD annually, mainly from heart attacks and strokes. Until now, individuals have often been assessed and treated based on a single risk factor such as high blood pressure, high blood lipids or diabetes. This approach can result in committing a patient who has only a small risk to many years of drug therapy or, conversely, neglecting to treat those with an overall higher risk. Most importantly, the single risk factor approach is not cost effective and is not affordable for many low-income and middle-income countries. The guides are available in hard copy and on the WHO website. 12 September 2007Health workers around the world will be able to more easily identify those at risk of heart attacks and strokes and save some of the estimated 20 million lives lost to these diseases annually by prescribing the most appropriate treatment, thanks to a new book of pocket-charts launched by the United Nations health agency today. read more

Canadas business leaders expecting higher profits by 2015

2015|business leaders|Canada|economy|higher|profits by News Staff Posted Oct 18, 2012 12:30 pm MDT The state of the global economy is still uncertain, but in Canada, some people are beginning to relax. Three quarters of Canadian business leaders say they are expecting higher profits by 2015, according to a bi-annual survey conducted by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association. There is also an expectation for a shift in customer and supplier base to Eastern Europe, China and Brazil over the next three years, although Canada and the United States will remain the primary markets for the foreseeable future. The vast majority of respondents believe the three most pressing challenges facing them, in order, are increased competition, the strength of the Canadian dollar, and attracting and regaining labour – the latter being the key concern for the province of Saskatchewan. Smaller companies, meanwhile, said developing new markets was key, while those with over 500 employees identified supply chain management and logistics, cost and the availability of raw materials, and regulations as their largest challenges. Canada’s business leaders expecting higher profits by 2015 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

EUUNICEF EmergencyLessons campaign supports crisisaffected youth with schooling

“Children are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to continue their education even in the worst of circumstances,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said in a press release.Of the 462 million school-aged children and young people living in countries affected by emergencies, an estimated 75 million are in desperate need of educational support. Even so, education continues to be one of the least funded sectors in humanitarian appeals. At present, less than two per cent of the global humanitarian budget goes for this purpose.Children are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to continue their education even in the worst of circumstancesThe seven-month European Union-UNICEF #EmergencyLessons campaign reached more than 70 million people on Twitter alone, targeting in particular young European in seven target EU countries. The campaign drew on the inspirational real-life stories of children in Iraq, Ukraine, Nepal, and Guinea who continued to study despite war, natural disaster and disease outbreaks. ”It’s up to the rest of us to make sure the necessary resources are available for them. The European Union has set an example by committing to increase the EU humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies to six per cent in 2017 and we hope others will do the same,” said Mr. Forsyth.Support for the campaign came from celebrities such as British actor Tom Hiddleston, Italian European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Slovenian Basketball player Boštjan Nachbar, Hungarian news presenter and media personality Kriszta D. Tóth, and Slovakian dancer Jaro Bekr.During the Brussels event, child and youth representatives presented their own call for stronger international support for programmes that allow children caught up in emergencies to continue their learning. read more

Florida Couple Fails to Make Worlds Largest YoYo

first_imgSo, here’s the thing about creating the world’s largest yo-yo–you can spend all of the time in the world making it look as good as humanly possible, but unless the thing actually goes up and down, it’s not actually a yo-yo. That was the hard lesson learned by a couple in Jacksonville, Florida couple.Beth and Tony Johnson spent the last 18 months of their lives designing the 12 foot, 7,000 pound monster. In order to actually break the record, the yo-yo would have to be released from 75 feet up, bouncing two-thirds of its height three times.The thing didn’t bounce at all–in fact, it dropped down the rope and hit the ground, breaking in the process.”It didn’t do what it was supposed to,” Beth Johnson told the local news.In the meantime, Johnson seems confident that their attempt will be recognized as the “world’s heaviest yo-yo.”Video of the attempt after the jump.last_img read more

Google Music app for Android 30 first impressions

first_imgOne of the bigger reveals so far at IO 2011 was Google Music, the cloud locker and streaming service Google has been not-so-secretly working on. Also unveiled was an updated Music App for Android, which replaces the stock player on Android 2.2+ with one that offers seamless integration with your Google Music Beta account.Music 3.0 offers the usual bevy of library-browsing options: artists, albums, songs, genres, and playlists. There’s also a recent view which displays what you see above — a Cover Flow style way to visually flick through albums you’ve just listened to. Other views are mostly unchanged from previous Music app versions, though albums will now display a side-scrolling collection of thumbnails when you’re in landscape mode. Tap-and-hold options allow you to add songs to a playlist, search on Google, or go shopping — though with no store of its own, Google currently takes you to its mobile product search.AdChoices广告On the Now Playing screen options are presented below the timeline which let you jump to the current track’s artist or album in your library or call up the playlist menu. Shuffle and repeat controls default to being hidden, but can be brought into view by tapping just about anywhere on the top half of your screen. There’s no settings screen in Music 3.0 — it’s just a clean, straightforward app which lets you listen to your music whether it’s stored locally or in the Google Music cloud.If you were lucky enough to score a beta invite, it’s definitely worth downloading. Even if you didn’t, however, it’s still a nice upgrade from the previous stock app — so anyone running Android 2.2 or better should take the plunge.music5music5music1music3music2musicmusic1musicmusic4Mobiputing also put together a video of the new app:last_img read more

American Horror Story Goes Back in Time to Bring in Another Cult

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks For about half of last night’s American Horror Story, it was hard to tell exactly where the show was going. It’s not that it wasn’t telling an interesting story, they just dragged out even its thematic connection until more than half-way through. I enjoyed watching the ongoing drama between Valerie Solanas and Andy Warhol; I just didn’t know why we were watching it. There’s nothing wrong with a delayed reveal like this, but it felt like a completely different show. Like Ryan Murphy wanted to make an Andy Warhol miniseries and this was the closest he could get. It wouldn’t feel quite so out of place if the show hadn’t also delayed the scares. For most of the episode, there wasn’t even any slight sense of dread, or any hint that something was coming.Of course, once the episode got going, it was as gruesome and horrifying as ever, so I’ll give it credit for that. There’s always a risk of becoming desensitized to over-the-top horror and violence while watching this show. Having close to a full episode where only one person gets shot (and you know it’s coming) is a good way to make us let our guard down. That way, the extreme violence that comes later is more of a shock. Lena Dunham plays Solanas very well, assaulting the audience with her anger and bitterness with every line. We can follow and even sympathize with her natural progression from “Andy Warhol is a dick” to “kill all men.” More than once during this episode, I thought I’d totally watch a season of Feud! about Solanas and Warhol. The only real problem was that it went on for too long. I come to American Horror Story to be scared, or at least disgusted. There’s very little tension in these flashbacks, and it seriously stalls the episode’s momentum.Lena Dunham (Photo via FX)As the episode goes on, you start to see exactly how Solanas ties into all the modern-day cult stuff. Beverly shows up to Kai’s house post-assassination and finds that he’s added a few new members. All white, all male, all suspicious of a black woman’s presence in Kai’s house. You can see why Beverly is starting to doubt Kai’s “equal power” promise. She’s approached by Bebe Babbit. (There you are, Frances Conroy!) Babbit invites all the women of Kai’s cult to her hotel room, and tells them the story of Valerie Solanas and the Society for Cutting Up Men (SCUM). In this version of events, Solanas becomes a feminist precursor to Kai, turning SCUM into a cult. Solanas soon convinces her followers that they have to kill not only men, but the women who have sex with them. Soon, it’s revealed that this SCUM cult was the actual Zodiac Killer.If you’ve watched American Horror Story before, you know that we’ve already met the Zodiac Killer. He was a lone dude in season five, AHS: Hotel. Is that a plot hole? Who cares? Yes, Murphy has said that the all seasons of this show are connected, that they exist in the same universe, but the show itself has never taken that seriously. It’s a horror anthology, and it’s allowed to contradict itself. Nobody should be all that invested in the greater American Horror Story universe, because the show has made it clear that it certainly isn’t. Maybe they’ll reconcile the two Zodiacs. Maybe not. It doesn’t matter much either way. This is the point where the Horror Story part kicks back in. As scary as a murderous cult is on its own, the real horror is watching what happens when they turn on one of their own. That’s why cult stories work so well. There’s always the appearance of safety that is inevitably and brutally ripped away. In this case, one of the two gay men that are members of SCUM took credit for the Zodiac Killings and sent cryptograms to Bay Area newspapers. Solanas didn’t like having any man take credit for her work. The bloody, ritualistic stabbing that followed is the point where the episode got really scary.Alison Pill, Billie Lourd (Photo via FX)Back in the present, we had another death of a major character. Kai finds the SCUM manifesto in Winter’s room, and takes an interest in it. She claims it’s something she was studying from school. He doesn’t believe her, nor does he seem to mind. He says it made him realize that his cult needed a slogan. A message to rally behind. Trump has MAGA, Valerie has SCUM, Kai floats MLWB: Men Lead, Women Bleed. Winter doesn’t like that much, and Kai claims Harrison came up with it. The women confront Harrison about it who claims that Kai wrote it. He’s the genius behind everything. Whether that’s true or not doesn’t matter. The women, Ivy in particular, slice Harrison up with a chainsaw and reenact a Zodiac/SCUM killing. I was looking for scares and gore, but I wish it didn’t have to happen to Billy Eichner. I’m going to miss that guy on the show.Frances Conroy (Photo via FX)Maybe they should have listened to Harrison, though. As Beverly reports the murder she helped commit, taking extra care to insert the word “scum” in the report, Kai watches from his couch. Sitting with him is Bebe Babbit. All of it was part of Kai’s plan. What he hopes to gain from getting the women angry and rebellious is a mystery at this point. Maybe he intends to direct their rage at a different target. Maybe he wants to use them to martyr his new white supremacist followers. This season may not be the best, but it’s remarkably good at holding my interest from week to week. It helps that Kai has become a particularly scary villain. No matter what the rest of the characters do, it’s always according to his plan. There’s a feeling of hopelessness even to the most heroic or rebellious actions, that’s really helping the horror in these later episodes. Because another scary thing about cults is the feeling that no matter what you do, there’s no way out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Search for mudslide missing comes down to digging

first_imgLocal relief effortStaff and volunteers at this weekend’s Vancouver Farmers Market will be raising money for disaster relief efforts in Oso.The market will give all proceeds from parking lot donations to the Mt. Rainier chapter of the American Red Cross, which is organizing shelter, food and basic health services for the communities near Oso.More information on the relief efforts is available at:http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Responds-to-Washington-Mudslide.OLYMPIA (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee is asking for an expansion of a federal emergency declaration the state received earlier this week in response to a devastating mudslide that has killed at least two dozen people and left many missing.Inslee issued the request Thursday for additional help that would come from an expanded declaration, including helping local and state government agencies recover a portion of the estimated $4.5 million expected to be spent on emergency response, protective measures and debris removal related to Saturday’s mudslide in Oso. The current declaration that was received Monday provided federal disaster teams, other personnel and equipment.State and Snohomish County officials are also assembling data needed in advance of the governor requesting a major disaster declaration from the president that would make programs and money available to people and businesses directly impacted by the slide. Inslee’s office says that request is expected in the next few days.SEATTLE (AP) — Seismometers showed no earthquake triggered Saturday’s landslide at Oso, but seismic signals show there were two major slides during the event, about four minutes apart.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Zachary Blanch Joins REMAX Encore As New Sales Associate

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — RE/MAX Encore has announced that Realtor® Zachary Blanch is the latest addition to the growing real estate franchise. Blanch acquired his license this past year, however, his ability to learn quickly and professional character make it seem like he has been in the business for years. Blanch works locally in Wilmington along with other areas in Greater Boston and will be focusing primarily on residential real estate. He is currently working as a part of the Hoff Team with established Realtor and co-broker/owner of RE/MAX Encore, Elaine Hoff.“I’m excited to join the most productive real estate network in the U.S. and heighten the buying and selling experience for my clients,” Blanch said. “Overall it is a great time to buy real estate. Wilmington is in high demand, homes are selling quickly and I’m ready to help guide members of the community through the exciting and sometimes overwhelming process.”“Zach has proven to be hard working and shown he has the ability to quickly learn how to help his buyers find the right home and sellers get the best price” said Elaine Hoff RE/MAX Encore co-owner. “He truly enjoys helping his clients with every detail.”Blanch has been a resident of Wilmington for his entire life and graduated Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. He understands the importance of providing his clients with the latest market information and industry expertise and is passionate about making his clients feel comfortable and informed throughout the entire real estate transaction. Blanch has demonstrated a professional and dependable work ethic that clearly corresponds with his enthusiasm in going over the top for his clients. Blanch is a member of the National Association of Realtors and is therefore held to a higher standard of ethics than a non-realtor agent.In addition to helping community members find the right home, Blanch is also passionate about giving back to his community. He volunteers at the food pantry and helps provide food for the local families in need.Zachary Blanch can be reached at 978-888-4798 or zblanch44@gmail.com.Zachary Blanch(NOTE: The above press release is from RE/MAX Encore.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Realtors Tina DiCenso & Tracy Spaniol Join REMAX EncoreIn “Business”Greater Boston Association Of Realtors Gives BackIn “Business”Wilmington’s RE/MAX Encore Introduces Its Newest Agent — Resident Gary CieplikIn “Business”last_img read more

Another school student killed in Dohar road crash

first_imgroad accidentAnother school student was killed in a road accident in Dohar of Nawabganj in Dhaka on Thursday.The diseased is Reshad, 12, a class VII student of Bandura Holy Cross School and College.Witnesses said another motorcyclist was also injured in the accident.Reshad’s relatives said the boy was going to Raipara union of Jamalpur village by a bike. He was killed on the spot when a goods-laden truck hit the motorcycle in the Charkushai area of the union.Dohar police station officer-in-charge Sheikh Sirajul Islam said a team of police went to the spot and seized the truck.The incident took place at a time when thousands of students from different schools and colleges are demonstrating in Dhaka and its neighbourhood for the fifth consecutive day demanding justice for the death of two of their fellow students who were killed in a road accident in Dhaka on 29 July.last_img read more

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea

first_imgUN Head Quarters in New York. File Photo: AFPThe UN security council on Wednesday lifted sanctions on Eritrea following a landmark peace deal with Ethiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have buoyed hopes for positive change in the Horn of Africa.The council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution lifting the arms embargo, all travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions against Eritrea.Eritrea and Ethiopia hailed the decision as a boost for regional stability, four months after the two countries signed a peace deal that ended two decades of hostility and led to friendlier relations with Djibouti.Addressing the council after the vote, Eritrea’s charge d’affaires Amanuel Giorgio said his government had long considered the sanctions “unwarranted” and declared: “the long overdue call for justice is finally answered.”Eritrea “is determined to redouble its own efforts and work closely with its neighbors to build a region at peace with itself,” said Giorgio.Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement that “the lifting of sanctions will have far-reaching effects in improving the stability of the Horn of Africa” and normalizing relations.The council slapped sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for its alleged support of Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, a claim Asmara has long denied.The resolution acknowledged that UN monitors have “not found conclusive evidence that Eritrea supports Al-Shabaab” and declared that the sanctions and arms embargo ended with the adoption of the measure.”The current developments will have, definitely, ripple effects in terms of economic progress, prosperity as well as human rights,” Ethiopian ambassador Taye Atske Selassie told reporters.UN officials have reported serious abuses by the Eritrean government that have triggered a major exodus of Eritreans from their country.- UN keeps eye on Djibouti -Ethiopia and Somalia strongly supported calls to end sanctions, and negotiations over the past two weeks focused on addressing concerns about Djibouti.The resolution calls on Eritrea and Djibouti to press on with efforts to settle a 2008 border dispute and asks Asmara to release information concerning Djiboutian soldiers missing in clashes a decade ago.At France’s request, the council will hear a report every six months on Eritrea’s efforts to normalize relations with Djibouti, where France, the United States and China all have military bases.Djibouti is asking the United Nations to help broker a final settlement with Eritrea to agree on land and maritime boundaries and resolve a dispute over the Doumeira Island, ambassador Mohamed Siad Doualeh told the council.The fate of 13 remaining Djiboutian prisoners in Eritrean custody must be addressed, he added.Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s, and war broke out later that decade over a border dispute.A 2002 UN-backed boundary demarcation was meant to settle the dispute for good, but Ethiopia refused to abide by it.A turnaround began in June when Ethiopia announced it would hand back to Eritrea disputed areas including the flashpoint town of Badme, where the first shots of the border war were fired.last_img read more

Judge Approves Settlement Mandating Air Conditioning At Hot Texas Prison

first_imgJolie McCullough/Texas TribuneInmates shuffle past new fans in the Darrington prison’s main hallway on a hot July day.“This is a new day in Texas prison history.”With those words Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ended a years-long lawsuit over prison heat conditions and finalized a settlement proposal that includes permanently installing air conditioning at the Wallace Pack prison southeast of College Station.In 2014, several inmates at the prison sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice over the lack of air conditioning, citing nearly two dozen prisoners who died from heat stroke in the last two decades and temperatures at the unit which routinely exceeded 100 degrees. Of the state’s more than 100 stateprisons and jails, nearly 75 percent are uncooled in inmate housing areas. The lawsuit cited nearly two dozen prisoners who died from heat stroke in the last two decades.For years, the state fought back against the suit, claiming it took adequatemeasures to deal with the sweltering Texas summers, like providing ice water and fans. But their arguments didn’t sway Ellison, who issued a sharp ruling last year, saying the department was deliberately indifferent to the harm it was causing inmates and ordering the state to place medically vulnerable inmates into air conditioning.What followed was a massive shuffle of men in state prison custody, moving more than a thousand inmates who were deemed vulnerable — like the elderly and those with heart conditions — to air conditioned prisons.It was a temporary solution. In February, the parties announced they had come to a settlement agreement, which includes air-conditioning the Pack Unit permanently — pending legislative approval — and ensuring the more than 1,300 inmates who are part of the class-action lawsuit stay in air-conditioned prisons and jails throughout their incarceration. The department installed temporary air conditioning at the unit this year to cover the next two summers.The department said in a statement before the hearing Tuesday that the settlement will provide additional safeguards for inmates at the Pack Unit, but that it also sets up a process in the future to identify inmates who may be medically sensitive to heat and house them in one of the agency’s 32,000 air-conditioned beds.Jeff Edwards, the inmates’ attorney in the lawsuit, said that he hopes TDCJ will move forward with protecting those housed outside of the Pack Unit as well, if only to protect themselves from future litigation at other prisons.Ellison had already preliminarily approved the settlement in March, but Tuesday’s hearing in Houston allowed objections from inmates who are part of the lawsuit before giving his final stamp of approval. Men called in from various prisons to object to the settlement’s reassessment of who qualifies for a cool prison bed under the lawsuit and question their ability to sue for damages since the department doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement.Many inmates who were evacuated from coastal prisons during Hurricane Harvey landed at the Pack Unit and were initially rolled in as part of the lawsuit. But in the settlement, only inmates currently at the prison and those who were there before the court-mandated relocation last year qualify for relief.Keith Cole, the first of the six original plaintiffs, was the only one to not sign onto the settlement proposal, and he was vocal in his dissent at the hearing. After another inmate said during the hearing that his granted parole was revoked in retaliation because of the lawsuit, Cole interrupted.“Our attorneys positively, absolutely stated that they were going to add a clause in the settlement about retaliation, but it’s not there,” he said.Ellison listened to the complaints in turn, but in the end said this was a better deal than could have been expected.“It’s clear to me that neither side got everything they wanted, but … what they did get deserves our tribute,” he said.With that, the settlement was finally approved by the ecstatic judge, who has applauded the lawyers on both sides for reaching an agreement and said he had thought the case would stretch out into the next decade.“I never dreamt we’d get the Pack Unit air-conditioned,” Ellison said. “I think it’s going to endure for generations of prisoners.” Sharelast_img read more

Leica Biosystems Receives FDA Clearance for Aperio AT2 DX Digital Pathology System

first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Pacific Rim Pathology; News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more May 29, 2019 — Leica Biosystems has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Aperio AT2 DX System for clinical diagnosis in the U.S.A multi-center study supporting this clearance was conducted with pathologists at five clinical study sites in the U.S.: University of California Davis; News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content Dignity Health; Intermountain Healthcare. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img Technology | Digital Pathology | May 29, 2019 Leica Biosystems Receives FDA Clearance for Aperio AT2 DX Digital Pathology System Digital pathology system cleared for primary diagnosis following multi-center study at five clinical sites in the U.S. One of the largest clinical concordance studies ever completed on digital whole slide images, the participating pathologists read approximately 16,000 cases. The study compared reads of pathology slides under a microscope with on-screen digital reads.  The Aperio AT2 DX System is a high-throughput automated scanning and viewing platform. The platform will be launched commercially with clinical image management software for an integrated digital pathology workflow solution.For more information: www.leicabiosystems.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Pathology | August 15, 2019 Push for Personalized Medicine Driving Whole Slide Imaging System Growth Research on personalized medicines is gaining popularity in the cancer research industry, which has increased the need… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more TriCore Reference Laboratories; and News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

Juniper networks comes up with 5G – IoTready routing platform MX Series

first_imgJuniper networks, one of industry leads in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced fifth generation of it’s MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform. This series has more offerings for cutting-edge infrastructure and technology like cloud and IoT, enabling high-level network programmability. It has improved the programmability, performance and flexibility, for rapid cloud deployment by introducing a new set of software. This platform supports complex networks and service-intensive applications such as secured SD-WAN-based services and so on. Executive vice president and chief product officer at Juniper Networks, Manoj Leelanivas, said “ Cloud is eating the world, 5G is ramping up, IoT is presenting a host of new challenges, and security teams simply can’t keep up with the sheer volume of cyber attacks on today’s network. One thing service providers should not have to worry about among all this is the unknown of what lies ahead.” Few highlights of this release are as follows: Juniper Penta Silicon Penta silicon is considered the heart of the 5G platform which is next-generation 16 nm service-optimized, having a packet-forwarding engine that delivers upto 50% power efficiency over existing Junos trio chipset. Pena silicon has native support to MACsec and IPsec crypto engine that enables end to end secure connectivity at scale. In addition to this, Penta silicon also supports flexible native Ethernet (FlexE). MX 5G Control User-Plane Separation (CUPS) The 3GPP CUPS standard allows the customer to separate the evolved packet core user plane (GTP-U), and control plane (GTP-C) with standard interface to help service providers scale each independently as needed. The MX Series 5G platform is the first networking platform to support a standard-based hardware accelerated 5G user-plane in both existing and future MX routers. It enables converged services (wireless and wireline) on the same platform while also allowing integration with third-party 5G control planes. MX10008 and MX10016 Universal Chassis MX series continues to do innovations in the area of cloud, enterprise networking, and previously announced PTX and QFX Universal Chassis gains two new MX variants with today’s announcement: MX10008 and MX10016. A variety of line cards and software are available to satisfy specific networking use cases across the data center, enterprise and WAN. Refer to the official Juniper website for details on MX Series 5G. Read Next: Five developer centric sessions at IoT World 2018 Cognitive IoT: How Artificial Intelligence is remoulding Industrial and Consumer IoT Windows 10 IoT Core: What you need to knowlast_img read more

Mortgage Rates Rise for 6th Straight Week

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-06-13 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination Mortgage rates continued to climb this week, but the near-term future is going to depend on how the Federal Reserve reacts.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.98 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending June 13, up from 3.91 percent last week. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.71 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.10 percent (0.7 point), up from 3.03 percent in the last survey.Meanwhile, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.79 percent (0.6 point), an increase from 2.74 percent. The 1-year ARM was flat at 2.58 percent (0.4 point).[COLUMN_BREAK]Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac, said there has been a shift in demand as rates continue their upward trend.””With the ongoing run up in fixed mortgage rates, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) are becoming more popular among homeowners looking to refinance and for home purchasers,”” Nothaft said, noting that the share of conventional mortgage applications for ARMs rose from 13 percent at the beginning of May (the most recent low) to 17 percent last week (according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association).””Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly national survey shows the 30-year fixed setting a new 14-month high of 4.14 percent, while the 15-year fixed average was up to 3.32 percent.At the same time, the 5/1 ARM climbed to an even 3.00 percent.””All eyes now turn to the Federal Reserve, with next week holding a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee followed by Ben Bernanke’s press conference,”” Bankrate said in a release. “”Long-term interest rates–to which mortgage rates are closely related–have jumped in recent weeks on speculation that the Fed will decrease the amount of monthly bond-buying stimulus. Where mortgage rates go from here is dependent on what comes out of next week’s Fed meeting.”” June 13, 2013 391 Views center_img Mortgage Rates Rise for 6th Straight Week Sharelast_img read more

Governor signs Price legislation to make Michigan more nursingmom friendly

first_imgState Rep. Amanda Price, third from right, joins Gov. Rick Snyder as he signs Public Act 198 of 2014 into law. The law, authored by Price, R-Park Township, makes Michigan a more nursing-mom friendly state.Legislation to make Michigan a more nursing-mom friendly state was signed into law recently by Gov. Rick Snyder, announced state Rep. Amanda Price.Public Act 198 of 2014, authored by Price, protects nursing mothers by helping them feel as comfortable as possible when feeding their child in a public place. Together with PA 199’14, the measures ensure moms who are breastfeeding in public cannot be charged with indecent exposure or disorderly conduct for an act seen as natural and beneficial to many.“Moms across our state need to know that they can – and should – nurse their child wherever and whenever they need to, without worrying about repercussions,” said Price, R-Park Township. “This is a common-sense measure to help Michigan mothers feel as comfortable as possible when breastfeeding, and I am glad it received such overwhelming support.”The governor also signed PA 197’14, which creates the Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act so that business owners cannot deny service to nursing mothers. Michigan joins 25 other states with similar laws protecting nursing mothers.### Categories: News 25Jun Governor signs Price legislation to make Michigan more nursing-mom friendlylast_img read more

Bumstead bill offers flexibility for local delinquent tax notices

first_img Measure reduces taxpayer cost, increases notice visibilityThe Michigan House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, which will afford counties the flexibility to post delinquent property tax notices.House Bill 4298 adjusts the number of weeks a county treasurer is required to post notices of delinquent property taxes to two weeks, allows published notices to be prepared as inserts and allows county treasurers to publish tax foreclosure notices online, in addition to regularly published notices.“This bill saves tax dollars and improves visibility of property tax notices,” Bumstead said. “Foreclosing governmental units should have the flexibility to publish this information in a cost-effective manner that provides appropriate notice to taxpayers.”HB 4298 was introduced thanks to Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon, who brought attention to this issue in Lansing. Treasurer Moon has been working in cooperation with Rep. Bumstead and shared her first-hand experience of the tax foreclosure process and the obstacles she has faced.“I am grateful to have an excellent partner in Holly Moon,” said Bumstead. “Together, we have been able to educate my House colleagues on the importance of this bill and will continue to work until this becomes law.”HB 4298 will be sent to the Senate for consideration.### 10Dec Bumstead bill offers flexibility for local delinquent tax notices Categories: Newslast_img read more