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(Left to right): Yaghi Laboratory at UC Berkeley; University of Alberta/John Ulan; Image Source/Alamy Stock Photo Top stories: Life support on Enceladus, shoelace physics, and squeezing water from desert air Study finds some significant differences in brains of men and womenDo the anatomical differences between men and women—sex organs, facial hair, and the like—extend to our brains? The question has been as difficult to answer as it has been controversial. Now, the largest brain-imaging study of its kind has found some sex-specific patterns, but overall more similarities than differences. The work raises new questions about how brain differences between the sexes may influence intelligence and behavior. 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The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people. Unique Canadian ice core collection suffers catastrophic meltdownA precious collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic has suffered a catastrophic meltdown. A freezer failure at a cold storage facility in Edmonton run by the University of Alberta caused 180 of the meter-long ice cylinders to melt, depriving scientists of some of the oldest records of climate change in Canada’s far north.Why do shoelaces untie themselves? This team may have the answerIt’s the bane of tennis shoe wearers everywhere: No matter how tightly you tie your laces, they seem to come undone, often at the most inopportune time. Now, for the first time, scientists have untangled why shoelace knots fail. The work also reveals the best knots to tie, which could have implications for everything from surgery to new cancer drugs.Food for microbes abundant on EnceladusIn 2005, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied jets of water ice and vapor erupting into space from fissures on Enceladus, evidence of a salty ocean beneath the saturnian moon’s placid icy surface. Now, it turns out that the jets contain hydrogen gas, a sign of ongoing reactions on the floor of that alien sea. Because such chemistry provides energy for microbial life on Earth, the discovery makes Enceladus the top candidate for hosting life elsewhere in the solar system—besting even Jupiter’s Europa, another icy moon with an ocean. By Ryan CrossApr. 14, 2017 , 3:15 PM
Anna Hazare flayed the demand for concession as “improper”, but his activist supporters nevertheless managed to get the MMRDA ground here at low rates from the state government for their agitation there from December 27 after the Bombay High Court declined to grant any waiver in the rent.The Maharashtra government-run Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) agreed to give its ground at concessional rates to Team Anna that would entail a saving of nearly Rs 450,000 to the organisers, India Against Corruption member Mayank Gandhi said.Now, the organisers will pay around Rs 680,000 instead of the earlier demand of Rs 11,80,000, plus heavy deposits for the use of the ground, Gandhi said. The daily rental of the ground in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex area in posh central Mumbai is Rs 3.80 lakh.Earlier, Team Anna got a ticking off from the Bombay High Court, which they had approached challenging the high commercial rates – amounting to around Rs 19 lakh, including a hefty deposit of around Rs 700,000 – for the use of the ground from December 27 to 31.The court made sharp observations on the need for Hazare to hold an agitation “outside” when the Lokpal Bill was being debated in Parliament.The court also observed that if they wanted to agitate, then they must pay for the hiring charges for the venue and demanding it free was not proper.Ultimately, the court declined to interfere in the matter of the MMRDA’s fees and disposed of the petition.Team Anna has agreed to pay the concessional charges which the government body agreed to levy.advertisementGandhi said that following the court’s order, the IAC would now re-apply through another registered organisation to book the venue for the agitation scheduled on December 27-31.Anna Hazare Friday flayed as “improper” the decision by his activist supporters to move the court seeking concessions for the MMRDA ground for his proposed December 27-31 agitation demanding a strong Lokpal bill.”The decision by my activists was not correct. They are inexperienced and have committed a mistake. But now they have learnt a lesson,” Hazare told media persons at his village, Ralegan-Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, shortly after the court decision.”I am told that the MMRDA will give us some concessions and we are also getting donors to cover that cost. So, I have given the green signal for the venue,” said Hazare, who on Friday morning threatened to agitate from the jail if a proper venue was not given.Earlier, Team Anna had wanted to hold the agitation at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, but the state sports ministry had raised objections to a hunger strike being held there.”The venue which they (Team Anna) want is reserved only for sports or religious activities, not for such agitations, so we have objected. They can seek any other venue within the Azad Maidan,” state Deputy Director, Sports, N.B Mote said.The MMRDA ground was earlier booked by IAC’s Jagruti Nagrik Manch, which is not a NGO recognised by the state government, and the MMRDA authorities had thus levied commercial rates plus a steep deposit fee.After the MMRDA agreed to give concessions, Gandhi said Team Anna would now re-apply for the venue in the name of a Delhi-based organisation – Public Cause Research Foundation, another of IAC affiliates, which is a registered organisation.Told about Hazare saying he did not approve of their seeking concessions, Gandhi said if Hazare felt his team had committed a mistake, they accepted it.Meanwhile, in New Delhi Team Anna claimed that Delhi Police had given them the nod to hold their protest at Ramlila Maidan from Dec 27 for five days. The police, however, refused to comment.
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “It’s an exciting time for Philippine basketball. Like what coach Chot said earlier, this program has gone so far since 2007 in Tokushima,” he said.“We still see guys like Jayson (Castro), Japeth (Aguilar), June Mar (Fajardo), and Gabe (Norwood) who played in Spain and are still here to help the next generation. Then you have Bolick and CJ Perez who are going to be the future of the Gilas program, so it’s good to see everybody here and now the work begins.”The 2023 Fiba World Cup is still five years away, but Alapag knows the importance of letting the young guns learn as early as now.“You can never start too early. The dribble drive system allows us Filipino players to take advantage of our strengths our speed, quickness, ability to shoot from the perimeter and our creativity. Filipino players are very creative in how we handle the ball and how we can get to the rim and finish,” he said.“So I think for them, being a part of the program is something that they will remember for the rest of their careers. For these younger guys to compete against the veterans this early, it’s only going to help them improve. It’s that youthful energy mixing with great mentors in the veterans who have already experienced so much. I think these young guys will be able to learn a lot from them.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Fajardo will still ‘definitely’ be part of Gilas in 2023, says Austria Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick and CJ Perez had memorable duels this past NCAA season for their respective schools San Beda and Lyceum, but as members of coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” list, their impressive work on Monday’s evening practices at Meralco Gym caught the eye of one national team deputy.The two got the attention of Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag, who observed the short practice session where Bolick, Perez and the rest of the young bloods worked out with the veteran national team members.ADVERTISEMENT “Bolick and CJ, having watched them in the last NCAA Finals, there’s a lot of talent, a lot of young energy, a lot of athleticism out here. I’m excited for them,” the former Gilas captain said.Standout performances from Bolick and Perez shouldn’t come as a surprise given their accomplishments in the collegiate and amateur levels.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBolick led San Beda to back-to-back NCAA titles and took Cignal HD to the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup crown where was even named MVP while Perez was the anchor of Lyceum’s impressive run in the NCAA Season 93 where the Pirates pulled off an 18-0 elimination round sweep.But Alapag wasn’t just fixated on the pair as he also expressed his excitement upon seeing the influx of young talent in the national team pool. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
Romelu Lukaku is tired of rift talk at Manchester United and has told any team-mates that become caught up in arguments with Jose Mourinho to “deal with it”.Speculation regarding internal rows at Old Trafford has provided an unwelcome backdrop for the Red Devils in 2018-19.Paul Pogba was the first to become embroiled in long-running reports of a row with his manager , although that relationship does appear to have been mended after reaching breaking point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are also said to have incurred the wrath of their boss this season, leading to questions being asked of their respective futures, while Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial have had their form criticised in the past.Lukaku, who has faced similar this term, is eager to bring an end to constant distractions, with the Belgian striker telling Bleacher Report : “I think [Mourinho] has a good relationship with the players.“I don’t really pay attention to what his relationship is with the other players, to be honest. I don’t think it’s something that should affect me.“If he has an argument with somebody I mean, deal with it, man. You’re a grown-ass man, deal with it.”Lukaku saw Mourinho question his commitment to the United cause after an FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in May, with the Red Devils having hoped to be in a position to start their top marksman as he recovered from a knock.That incident was quickly played down , but a 25-year-old frontman has struggled to deliver what is expected of him again in 2018-19.Lukaku has managed just four club goals this season and is currently in the midst of a 10-game barren run.He has endured further fitness issues, which have restricted his involvement and forced him to sit out international duty during the last break, but more will be demanded from him once domestic action resumes this weekend.
Bordeaux manager Eric Bedouet has suggested that referees are guilty of refereeing PSG matches differently to others.Thomas Tuchel’s side dropped points for the first time this season as Les Girondins held them to a 2-2 draw at Matmut Atlantique on Sunday.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both netted for the Ligue 1 champions, who were fresh from a morale boosting victory over Liverpool in the Champions League last Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Neymar’s strike was given the all clear to be awarded after a VAR check to see whether Mbappe was in an offside position when the Brazilian struck towards goal.But former Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius netted a late equaliser for Bordeaux, who are now 11th in Ligue 1.After the game, Bedouet said VAR is starting to ‘tire’ him and claimed that PSG are given special treatment by referees.“I have said it before … They are not refereed in the same way as others,” Bedouet claimed.“I heard the other coach (Thomas Tuchel) complained but I think it’s too much. “VAR is starting to tire me! It takes too much time to make decisions. On the first goal, he is embarrassed (Mbappe) and he is offside!”It is the second time in the space of a few days that the refereeing decisions in PSG’s favour have been brought into question, after Liverpool were left feeling hard done by following their Champions League loss at the Parc des Princes last week.The Bordeaux boss was delighted with his side’s application against the Ligue 1 leaders and believes his side deserve credit for coming from behind to level the scoring in the match on two separate occasions.“It was a very good match, I’m happy with my team, it was not easy, the slightest mistake and you are punished,” he added.“We came back twice, against a team like PSG, that’s not easy. “We did everything well except on Kylian Mbappe’s goal where we were too attracted to the goal. We did not have security, but we made a solid match with a full stadium.”
Les aînés de Port Saxon, dans le comté de Shelburne, pourront bientôt pratiquer le yoga léger dans le cadre d’un projet de loisirs et de bien-être. À Pubnico-Ouest, dans le comté de Yarmouth, les aînés acadiens pourront bientôt partager leur sagesse avec les jeunes grâce à un projet intergénérationnel d’enregistrement vidéo. Ces projets font partie des 59 projets dans la province, dont 10 dans la région du sud-ouest, qui recevront une portion du financement s’élevant à presque 440 000 $ visant à appuyer la participation des aînés dans leurs communautés. Les subventions ont été annoncées aujourd’hui 2 février par Len Goucher, ministre des Aînés. « Ces subventions représentent bien plus qu’un simple financement pour les organismes qui s’intéressent aux communautés, » a dit M. Goucher. « Ces initiatives ont été sélectionnées parce qu’elles offrent de nouvelles possibilités aux aînés, souvent par les aînés, qui sont durables et qui réunissent des générations différentes. » Quarante-deux projets d’organismes à but non lucratif seront appuyés par le Fonds pour le vieillissement positif, et 17 projets seront co-financés par des municipalités dans le cadre du Programme sur les communautés amies des aînés. Le Fonds pour le vieillissement positif aide les organismes communautaires à but non lucratif à mettre en place des projets visant à permettre la réalisation de la Stratégie pour un vieillissement positif en Nouvelle-Écosse. Cette stratégie est un guide à long terme pour la planification en vue de la population vieillissante, qui met l’accent sur la santé, le bien-être et la participation communautaire des aînés de la province. Les organismes dont la demande est approuvée peuvent recevoir jusqu’à 10 000 $ pour leurs projets, grâce à ce Fonds. Le Programme sur les communautés amies des aînés permet aux municipalités de créer et d’adapter des structures et des services en fonction des différents besoins et capacités des aînés, afin que ces derniers puissent être actifs et en bonne santé. Les municipalités participantes financent conjointement les subventions, qui peuvent également s’élever à 10 000 $ par projet. « En cette période où la population compte un plus grand nombre d’aînés que jamais, ces municipalités reconnaissent à quel point il est important de s’assurer que les aînés puissent profiter pleinement de ce que la communauté peut leur offrir, » a dit M. Goucher. « Il est tout aussi important que les communautés puissent profiter de ce que les aînés ont à leur offrir. » Le ministère des Aînés a reçu plus de 120 demandes de financement en vertu des programmes de subvention. Les demandeurs auront une autre chance de présenter une demande à l’automne. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le programme et pour consulter la liste complète des récipiendaires des subventions, visitez les sites www.gov.ns.ca/scs/agefriendlyComm.asp et www.gov.ns.ca/scs/positiveagingfund.asp.
New Delhi: A 28-year man who used toy gun for robbing a person of more than one lakh rupees was arrested from Rohini. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra said that complainant Aman Sharma, a resident of Budh Vihar, reported that he works as a distributor with a private company and engaged in the collection of money.”On August 11 at about 2 pm, he visited ATM near Avantika Chowk in Rohini sector 3 to deposit money,” said DCP Rohini. He further added that meanwhile, one person entered the ATM and snatched Rs 1,22,000 at gunpoint and escaped. Police have registered a case under sections 392 and 397 of IPC at South Rohini police station. During the investigation, police team arrested the accused Yogesh (28) and recovered cash Rs 90,000. The toy gun used in the commission of the crime was also recovered.
Hamilton Health Sciences and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital are awaiting ministry approval to move forward with an amalgamation.
TORONTO – Wind Mobile has announced it will charge substantially lower domestic roaming fees and bring in faster data speeds for customers that travel outside the company’s coverage areas and need to use another Canadian carrier’s network.The move follows new limits by the federal government on what the larger wireless network operators can charge to carry traffic for their smaller rivals.“In June, the government took a very positive step in legislating interim relief — rate caps — and we’ve now, in very short order, passed through a very significant savings to our customers,” Wind president and chief executive Anthony Lacavera said in an interview Thursday.The Big Three wireless carriers have national networks and don’t charge domestic roaming fees in Canada because their customers are usually within their coverage areas.Lacavera said only about five per cent of Wind’s customers regularly pay any roaming fees, since most stay close to home and within the company’s coverage areas in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. But he added the new rates will increase the company’s competitiveness.Toronto-based Wind — which has most of its customers in the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary areas — says it will cut charges for data domestic roaming to five cents a megabyte, down from $1. Roaming rates for calls are being cut by 25 per cent to 15 cents per minute and texting by 66 per cent to five cents each.Wind said it also plans to launch HSPA+ data roaming speeds, which are standard within the company’s own coverage area, but faster than what has been available to its roaming customers because of the high fees.Ottawa has said it is committed to helping promote competition within the wireless sector, which is dominated by Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Telus (TSX:T) and BCE’s Bell (TSX:BCE). However, each of the big companies have at least 10 times the subscriber base of Wind, which currently has about 760,000 customers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission recently announced that it will prevent “exclusivity” clauses in wholesale roaming agreements between carriers. The move allows smaller carriers like Wind, Mobilicity, Videotron and Eastlink to negotiate deals with more than one of the three national carriers.The Competition Bureau noted, in a filing ahead of a CRTC hearing on wholesale wireless rates to be held in September, that there’s evidence that the roaming rates charged to Canada’s smaller wireless rivals have been too high by international standards — a position that the incumbents dispute.“We’ve seen no evidence that new entrants cannot come to commercial agreements for domestic roaming,” Bell said in a statement Thursday after Wind’s announcement.“A new wholesale regulatory regime for domestic roaming risks slowing network innovation and investment. European regulators have discovered the impact of over-regulation, which has led to inferior investment and recent moves to reduce the number of carriers.”Canada’s big wireless companies have been rolling out new high-speed LTE networks across the country.A statement issued by Rogers said regulations should be based on evidence that any changes would help, not hurt consumers.“Any new rules should encourage investment so consumers get access to new technologies and the best networks at reasonable prices, whether they live in urban or rural Canada,” Rogers said.— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 21, 2014 1:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wind Mobile drops domestic roaming fees for customers
In a joint statement issued today, the UN High Commissioners for Refugees and for Human Rights, together with the UN Special Representative for International Migration and Development and the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) urged regional leaders to work with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to respond to what they called “grave events” in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea in recent days involving migrants and refugees on boats attempting to move in search of safety and dignity, fleeing persecution, abject poverty, deprivation, discrimination, and abuse. “Such perilous journeys, whether by land, sea, or air, have become a global phenomenon,” said António Guterres, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Peter Sutherland and William Lacy Swing, who all signed a statement that noted that 88,000 had tried to migrate by boat in Southeast Asia since 2014. “Nearly 1,000 are believed to have perished at sea due to the precarious conditions of the voyage, and an equal number because of mistreatment and privation at the hands of traffickers and abusive smugglers.” The joint statement detailed the harsh conditions experienced by migrants and refugees in the Bay of Bengal, where they are fed only white rice and are subjected to violence, including sexual violence. “Women are raped. Children are separated from their families and abused. Men are beaten and thrown overboard,” the statement said. “We are deeply concerned at reports that boats full of vulnerable women, men and children are unable to land and are stranded at sea without access to urgently needed food, water, and medical assistance.” The four officials urged States in the region to protect the lives of those migrating on boats by allowing safe disembarkation and they called on States in the region to strengthen Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations, to stop ‘push-backs’ and to uphold the principle of non-refoulement and other fundamental human rights standards.The statement also contained calls for effective, predictable disembarkation at safe reception locations, for avoidance of the use of detention, for ensuring that human rights – particularly those of children – are protected and prioritized, and for setting in place of screening procedures staffed jointly by Government and relevant international organization personnel to identify the individual circumstances of all those arriving.More broadly, the statement called on States to expand avenues for safe and legal migration, including for labour migration at all skills levels, to expand efforts to prosecute traffickers and smugglers, to redouble efforts to address the root causes of refugee and migrant flows and to put in place dedicated measures to combat xenophobia and discrimination against any group on the basis of race, sex, language, religion, ethnicity, nationality and national origin, or other status.
“No political or ideological objective whatsoever justifies the loss of life and terror to which civilians are being subjected,” he said in a statement attributable to a spokesperson regarding yesterday’s attack, which according to media reports killed nearly three dozen people and injured 80. Mr. Ban reiterated UN support for the Nigerian Government in its fight against terrorism, “which – to be effective – should also be grounded in international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law,” the statement added.He extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Nigeria, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
Parents trying to live near a top-performing state school face paying a premium of up to £630,000, new research has revealed .Lloyds Bank found in the postal districts of the 30 state schools in England which achieved the strongest GCSE results in 2015 average property prices have reached £366,744.Homes in these areas typically trade at a premium of £53,426 – or 17% – compared to the average house price in the surrounding counties, at £313,318.But parents in some areas face paying a much higher premium.Properties in the postal district of Beaconsfield High School, Buckinghamshire, have the largest premium, with homes trading at £629,021 above the county average house price of £367,191, according to the research.Lloyds said buying a property near a top-performing state school can be a “shrewd investment”.It said parents who bought a home near one of the top 30 schools just before their child first entered secondary school in 2011 have seen an average house price rise of £76,000.This is a significantly faster rise than in England as a whole, where the average house price has grown by £42,145 over the same period.Andrew Mason, Lloyds Bank mortgage products director, said: “Schools with the best exam performance are proving to be an increasingly strong draw for home movers, as we’ve seen house prices rise sharply in locations close to such schools.”But he continued: “The popularity of areas close to high performing schools may mean that homes remain unaffordable for buyers on average earnings.”Lloyds used Land Registry house price figures as well as 2015 GCSE performance data from the Department for Education. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related56 suicides in Essequibo in 24 monthsFebruary 19, 2017In “Local News”Caribbean Voice looking to slow down Guyana’s high suicide rateSeptember 10, 2014In “Business”Letter: A wish list for the 2018January 12, 2018In “Letters” Dear Editor,While The Caribbean Voice awaits suicide figures for 2017 we must point out that even though such figures may well indicate a decline over the previous year because of the work of all stakeholders, they would invariably be rather conservative.This is because as the World Health Organization has pointed out, 25% or more of suicides are generally unreported and because, in the case of Guyana, reportage is also affected by the still strongly held taboo (family dishonor) and attempts that ensure that many suicides are reported as otherwise.That being said The Caribbean Voice notes the Ministry of Health’s ‘suicide deterrent measures’ with a certain degree of skepticism. For one, efforts to ensure that existing laws and regulations regarding pesticide sale, use and storage, are being enforced, will have no impact unless these attempts are part of a concerted pesticide suicide prevention strategy, such as the Sri Lankan Hazard Reduction Model, which has been lobbied for by The Caribbean Voice since 2015, and which is, by far, the most successful pesticide suicide reduction plan ever. We strongly believe that should Guyana approach the World Health Organization, a similar level of assistance may be offered as was available to Sri Lanka.With respect to moves to be made to train at least 50 percent of Primary Health Care doctors in the WHO recommended mhGAP-Intervention Guide, we have pointed out that the WHO also recommends that the best way of approaching mental health care for small economies like Guyana is to integrate mental health care into the current physical health care system, an approach that would ensure that mental health care (including suicide pevention) is cost-effectively accessed nationally in the same manner as physical health care.While we applaud plans to increase the number of beds added to the inpatient service offered at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s psychiatry ward, may we point out that Georgetown is not Guyana and such a service must be offered at every public hospital in Guyana at the minimum to have any kind of impact, especially since the much touted plan to rebuild the National Psychiatric Hospital in Berbice, seems to have fallen off the radar screen.Meanwhile we commend plans to incorporate important mental health topics into the Health and Family Life Education syllabus in secondary schools, a call that was mooted by The Caribbean Voice almost two years ago.However, we hope this plan will not follow the fate of counselors in schools, which was top priority when the government got into power, only to be subsequently relegated to ‘a few years down the road’. The fact is that The Caribbean Voice and other non-governmental stakeholders have been continually working with schools and students and everywhere the appeal is the same – ‘our students need so much help, please come back as often as possible’. In fact one school we visited recently asked us to go back weekly as well as to devise and implement training for teachers.In effect, at the government level, suicide prevention continues to operate at the level of rhetoric with intermittent, isolated, one off, piecemeal action, here and there, and all the talk about stakeholders collaboration is just that, as most of the stakeholders – entity and individuals – that actually are doing consistent, collaborative work are being ignored or sidelined.For example, over the past two years, The Caribbean Voice, a totally voluntary NGO, funded by members and supporters, has undertaken more than 150 successful and free counseling interventions in Guyana, most of them based either on direct appeals or referrals.Our information dissemination campaign has probably been more extensive that that of the government with respect to all media – print, broadcast and social media. Our community outreach and youth and student workshops are gaining traction to the extent that we receive more requests that we can handle. And in February we will be launching our Train the Trainer Program to get gatekeepers into every community as quickly as possible since promises to bring back this program have ended the way of all other promises.Yet, The Caribbean Voice continues to be blanked by the Ministry of Education (among other government entities) in our attempts to obtain permission to visit schools as requests are made, to launch a national essay contest for youth and students and to train teachers in classroom management without corporal punishment.Meanwhile the government’s suicide hotline seems to have been relegated to the back burner and to date, no official statistics indicating its extensive and successful use have been released; most public hospitals are still to be serviced by psychologists or clinical counselors; the National Suicide Plan is still awaiting daylight, the Gatekeepers Program seems a lost cause and while Trinidad & Tobago recently took the lead in raising the age of consent to 18, Guyana continues to be mired in the past.What about a registry of sex offenders? Peer counselors in schools? A national parenting program to instill empathetic communication and parenting skills to combat the high level of dysfunction that contributes to suicide and violence on the whole? Trained domestic violence/suicide prevention personnel, or personnel with basic training in mental health or social work, at every police station? And so on….?Yours truly,The Caribbean Voice
For a larger image, click here. (H/T ChildrensRights.ie/Twitter)A MAJOR NEW report from the OECD has highlighted the growing problem of food poverty in Ireland.Among figures about unemployment, falling incomes and suicides, sits a stark number counting those individuals and families who experience hunger.This graph shows that the percentage of people in Ireland who say that they cannot afford food has more than doubled to 9 per cent in five years.In 2006/7, the corresponding data showed a figure of 4.2 per cent.According to the report, reduced spending on food is one of the main causes of food insecurity, a term that describes a situation where inadequate access to food does not allow all members of a household to sustain a healthy lifestyle.The OECD noted that the US holds very detailed statistics on food insecurity that are not matched in Europe. However, it said there are unofficial estimates that growing numbers of families and children suffer from hunger or food insecurity in economically distressed countries.In Greece, 10 per cent of students fall into the category.More: Ireland’s suicide rate is below EU average – OECD report
Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft has a long and storied history combating game piracy on the PC, much to the chagrin of many gamers. Uibsoft’s head Yves Guillemot recently revealed in an interview that the company sees as much as 95% piracy on PC games, which may explain why several of the company’s upcoming titles are free-to-play.By making some PC-exclusive games free-to-play, Ubisoft hopes to monetize these titles in a more reliable way. The free-to-play games include the likes of Silent Hunter Online, Anno Online, and The Settlers Online. Players would be able to download and play without paying, but additional content will be sold in the game.Ubisoft has famously resorted to rather draconian DRM schemes that require legitimate gamers to be constantly connected to the internet in order to play. There have also been major security issues presented by Ubisoft’s form of invasive anti-piracy tools. The developer did end up loosening restrictions with Driver: San Francisco and From Dust, but players still had issues playing games during server moves.Ubisoft representatives have said in the past that the company hopes to build gaming experiences that are more expansive, integrating social platforms, frequent updates, and mobile content to discourage piracy. It seems clear that anything Ubisoft does will be better for the piracy problem than its DRM scheme.The company employs some truly annoying DRM, but where are the results? If locking down games like it has isn’t stopping 95% of games from being pirated, you have to wonder why resources are being spent on developing and maintaining the DRM systems. It’s also possible Guillemot was attempting to pull a large number out of thin air to justify the move into free-to-play games.via Eurogamer
Juventus defender Daniele Rugani was thrilled to cap off a “perfect evening” with a rare goal in their 3-0 Serie A win over Chievo Verona on MondayThe Bianconeri eased past Chievo at Turin with a Douglas Costa goal from 20 yards out beating keeper Stefano Sorrentino in the 13th-minute to set the hosts on their way.Argentine striker Paulo Dybala then set-up Emre Can for an easy second goal to put Juventus firmly in control at half-time before Cristiano Ronaldo made a rare penalty miss after the break.However, a Daniele Rugani header from Federico Bernardeschi’s free-kick at close range handed Juventus a third goal to restore their nine-point advantage over second-placed Napoli at the top of Serie A.And, for Rugani, the third goal could not have been more welcome in what was just his fifth league appearance of the season.“It was a great game and I’m pleased because I took my chance,” said Rugani on the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It was a great game. I’m pleased because I was ready to answer the call and my goal signed off a perfect evening.“When you work hard and you’ve got your head screwed on, you’ll get your rewards in the end. I haven’t played much but I’ve stayed calm and confident in myself.“I’ve waited for my moment and when I can I try to contribute to the team.”The 24-year-old Italian, who was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, has scored six goals and added two assists in 74 appearances for Juventus across all competitions.Massimiliano Allegri’s side will next take a trip to Rome to take on sixth-placed Lazio in the Serie A on Sunday, where they hope to extend their winning run to five games.After that, Juventus will then travel to Atlanta on January 30 in a Coppa Italia game.
Print Advertising Down, Online UpMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia reported a net loss of $23.2 million through the first six months of the year, compared to the same period in 2008. Revenues company-wide were $107.4 million, with $61.8 million coming from its publishing unit—a publishing decline of about 29 percent.During the second quarter, MSLO reported a company-wide operating loss of $6.1 million, including a $5.5 million impairment charge related to “an equity investment.” The loss was offset, to a degree, by a 28 percent increase in online advertising during the period. Corporate expenses during the second quarter were down 25 percent to $9.6 million, the company said.‘Growth from Businesses Not Based on Advertising’In its financial report, Meredith reported a fiscal year-end net loss of $107 million, down from a net profit of $134.6 million in 2008. Revenues were $1.4 billion, compared to $1.6 billion last year.The results include a $295 million non-cash impairment charge related to FCC licenses and goodwill for its broadcasting division, and a $5.5 million special charge due primarily to employee severance, the company said.Meredith’s publishing division reported fiscal year-end operating profit of $151 million, down about 20 percent from $188 million in 2008. Revenues were $1.1 billion compared to $1.2 billion last year.Advertising revenues for Meredith’s magazines and related Web sites fell 12 percent in the second half of fiscal 2009, declining 12 percent compared to an 18 percent drop during the first half. Year-end online ad revenues declined 5 percent despite posting a 17 percent increase during the fourth quarter.“We continue to experience growth from businesses that are not based on advertising, including Meredith Integrated Marketing and Brand Licensing,” president and CEO Stephen M. Lacy said in a statement. Integrated marketing revenues grew 13 percent during fiscal 2009 while brand licensing revenues were up 14 percent, he said.Meredith made a $100 million debt payment on June 30, 2009, reducing its total debt balance to $380 million, the company said. Magazine publishers continue to suffer big financial losses in this down advertising market. Time Inc., Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Meredith Corp. today all reported steep profit declines.In its financial statement, Time Inc. parent Time Warner reported that profits company-wide were down 5 percent to $2.5 billion through the first six months of 2009. Its publishing unit, meanwhile, reported a profit of $70 million, down roughly 78 percent from $311 million during the same period last year. Publishing revenues slid 23 percent to $1.72 billion.In the second quarter, Time Warner said publishing ad revenues declined 26 percent to $166 million and subscription revenue dropped 18 percent to $68 million. Operating income fell 53 percent to $102 million.