Dengue vaccine shows promise in Latin America

first_imgWhat is likely to be the first dengue vaccine on the market has shown encouraging results in a clinical trial in Latin America, cutting disease incidence in recipients by 60.8%, its developer announced yesterday. The vaccine could be approved for use as early as next year; then, dengue-affected countries would face a tough decision in weighing whether the limited protection it confers will be worth the vaccine’s cost.Spread by mosquitoes, dengue is endemic throughout tropical and subtropical regions worldwide and is an especially heavy health care burden in Asia and the Americas. Because there are no drugs for dengue, each year an estimated 20,000 people die and another 500,000 require hospitalization. An initial infection with one of the four distinct dengue virus serotypes is typically mild. Infection with a second serotype often causes severe symptoms, which include a debilitating fever, joint and muscle aches, and internal bleeding. 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In addition to reducing the overall incidence of dengue, the vaccine cut cases of severe disease by 88.5%. But the vaccine was only 35% effective against serotype 2. That was the most prevalent serotype in the region at the time, reducing overall efficacy.In the Latin America study, involving 20,875 participants aged 9 to 16 in five countries, the vaccine reduced hospitalizations 80.3% and cut the incidence of dengue 2 by 42.3%. Scientists from pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine’s maker, will present details of the trial at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting in New Orleans in November. Sanofi Pasteur has a $400 million facility in Neuville-sur-Saône, France, capable of producing 100 million doses of the vaccine per year. The company previously told Science it will likely start seeking approval to market the vaccine later this year or early in 2015. But some countries may be reluctant to embrace it. Based on the vaccine’s limited protection against dengue types 1 and 2 in the trial in Southeast Asia, Singapore’s environment minister Vivian Balakrishnan declared last month that it’s “not good enough” to be added to his country’s national immunization program.last_img read more

Neymar leaves Brazil training with knee pain

first_imgMOST READ Brazil’s soccer player Neymar touches his left knee during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Neymar had to cut short his first full training session with Brazil ahead of the Copa America after the striker appeared to feel pain in his left knee.The 27-year-old Neymar left the field in the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday alongside doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. Brazil’s football confederation said Neymar had felt “discomfort” in his knee and was being evaluated by the medical staff.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1, not done: Naomi Osaka avoids French Open upset; Halep wins, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It was another setback for Brazil’s biggest star, who has only played four matches with Paris Saint-Germain since he returned from a broken metatarsal in his right foot on April 27.That was the same injury that slowed his runs and dribbles at last year’s World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrazil fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian had said before the training session that Neymar should be fully recovered after a pair of friendlies against Qatar and Honduras in early June.But on Tuesday, which marked Brazil’s first full training since players started gathering for the South American championship, Neymar had to leave and appeared to be in pain after taking a shot near the end of the session. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cafu, a former Brazil captain who led the team to the World Cup title in 2002, said Neymar was not showing enough respect for the armband.“Being captain is a big responsibility,” Cafu said. “It is more than being the team’s star.”Adoration at home has also suffered because of political reasons.Neymar recently showed support for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements.Weeks later, as Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems.The Copa America will mark Neymar’s fourth tournament played at home. He won the 2013 Confederations Cup and the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but his team was eliminated in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. Neymar was injured and didn’t play in the 7-1 loss to Germans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Copa America starts on June 14 with host Brazil facing Bolivia in the opening match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. Venezuela and Peru are also in the same group.Brazil’s coaching staff was also optimistic about Neymar’s recovery for the World Cup in Russia, but the striker instead made news for his splashy dives rather than his once frequent dashing performances.Neymar is also heading into the Copa America, a tournament Brazil hasn’t won since 2007, with a disciplinary problem.Besides being been banned for three matches in France after an altercation with a fan following the French Cup final, Neymar also publicly criticized some of his teammates — a move that Brazil coach Tite doesn’t like.In response, Neymar has been replaced as captain by veteran defender Dani Alves. The Brazilian soccer confederation said Tite made the decision on Saturday after a one-on-one conversation with Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli is still learning as a captain, says Simon Katich

first_imgVirat Kohli is still learning as a captain, feels former Australia batsman Simon Katich ahead of his team Kolkata Knight Riders’ clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.RCB and India skipper Kohli has cut a forlorn figure more often than not in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season as his team slumped to one defeat after the other, currently finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with seven losses from eight outings. On Monday night, they lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets.Arguably one of the best batsman to have ever played the game, Kohli has failed to inspire his bunch and Katich, who is the assistant coach of KKR, feels the 30-year old still needs to develop as a leader.”I don’t know how he operates within the group. He is probably still learning as a captain as well,” Katich told IANS in an interview.”You can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time. So he is still in a phase where he is learning a lot about himself as a leader,” said the 43-year old former Test opener.Kohli will lead the Indian team to the World Cup in a little more than a month’s time in England and Wales.Katich said while Kohli the batsman cannot be faulted, MS Dhoni’s guidance will be the key at the mega event starting May 30.”He has got everything covered as a player, he is going to go down as one of the all time greats. There is no doubt about that. As a leader, he has got attributes like passion and energy he brings to the team, India and RCB. He wants to win and has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain.advertisement”But there is also more to it than that. Getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable playing the way they play to help them be as successful as possible. He is learning from one of the greats (Dhoni). As a player you like the captain backing you and that’s something that Virat is still learning as a captain.”KKR will take on RCB looking for a win badly to snap their three-game losing streak.Asked about RCB’s travails, Katich opined the team may have not been able to gel together as a unit and don’t seem clear in the way they want to play despite having star players in their arsenal.”You look at some of the players they have had, I guess you got to ask the question, are they clear in the way they want to play? Because in terms of what they have at their disposal, they haven’t been able to gel as a unit.”That’s something only the coaches and captain can answer. We can only answer from our position and from an opposition point of view, we try to exploit their weaknesses. And if there is over reliance on any players, you try to exploit that by putting pressure on them.”Katich also backed KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik to bat at No.4 for India in the World Cup after the stumper-batsman trumped Dhoni’s heir-apparent Rishabh Pant to the 15-member squad announced on Monday.”There is lot of talk around that No.4 spot, and he is a guy who likes to spend time in the middle. Once he is set, he is very hard to bowl to at the back end. He has got all the tricks and he does have the timing and power to clear the rope,” Katich said.Karthik hasn’t been among runs so far in the IPL, batting at No.5 or No.6. Katich believes it is down to the lack of opportunities that the 33-year old has got.”He can potentially bat higher. He has done very well as a finisher. There is no doubt he is in good form, he just needs opportunities. There is no doubt that when he has got opportunities, he has done well for India and KKR,” he concluded.Also Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

2018 MLS season preview: Interviews, analysis & more

first_imgMLS 2018 MLS season preview: Interviews, analysis, projected lineups and more Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:05 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Villa MLS NYCFC 08202017 Brad Penner MLS New York City New England SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Toronto Portland Timbers Colorado Rapids Los Angeles Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Orlando City DC United Dallas Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC Chicago Fire Goal has provided a comprehensive preview of the 2018 MLS season, including breakdowns of all 23 clubs Welcome to the 2018 MLS campaign.With the introduction of expansion side Los Angeles FC, MLS finds itself at 23 teams entering its 23rd season. For every one of those clubs this side of Toronto FC, the new year is about trying to dethrone the treble winners, who will be looking to establish a dynasty after claiming the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship in 2017.So it comes as no surprise that TFC sits atop Goal’s preseason power rankings. Sebastian Giovinco and Co. also emerged as the consensus pick to repeat as champions in our annual survey of MLS general managers and technical directors, who offered their anonymous opinions on teams, players, league rules and more. And Goal editors and writers followed suit while offering predictions for the 2018 season, with TFC pegged as the odds-on favorites to again lift the MLS Cup in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As MLS kicks off with 10 matches this weekend, we’ve compiled handy run-downs of the top newcomers to watch, familiar faces in new places and the stars you can expect to see at the World Cup this summer. In a preseason edition of the Media Microscope, we’ve also offered insight on how the league’s TV coverage will look in 2018.If you’re seeking club-specific breakdowns, we have you covered. Goal has put together a detailed analysis of every team entering the new season, including a look back at their 2017 campaigns, recaps of key offseason losses and additions, our projected lineups, and more. We’ve also spoken to coaches and players across the league for a series of features to provide perspective on the personalities and storylines expected to loom large this season.Without further ado, we invite you to prepare for the 2018 MLS season with Goal:Atlanta UnitedGFX 2018 Atlanta United Projected XIAtlanta United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreSlipping out of his comfort zone: Darlington Nagbe embracing fresh start with Atlanta UnitedChicago FireChicago Fire projected XIChicago Fire 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreColorado RapidsGFX Rapids xi mls previewColorado Rapids 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreColumbus CrewColumbus Crew projected XIColumbus Crew 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreFacing a season of change, Crew try to maintain consistency to clear championship hurdleD.C. UnitedD.C. 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United’s Chris Durkin be the next breakout American teenager in MLS?FC DallasGFX FC Dallas projected XI mls previewFC Dallas 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreReggie Cannon feels ready for starting role as FC Dallas looks to reboundHouston DynamoGFX Houston Dynamo XIHouston Dynamo 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreLA GalaxyLA Galaxy projected XILA Galaxy 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreLA Galaxy look to rebound in 2018 while confronting a new crosstown rivalLos Angeles FCGFX 2018 LAFC Projected XI 02272018LAFC’s 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreJoao Moutinho poised for breakout rookie season with LAFCMinnesota UnitedMinnesota United projected XIMinnesota United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreMontreal ImpactMontreal Impact Projected XIMontreal Impact 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreNew England RevolutionRevs projected XINew England Revolution 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreNew York City FCNew York City FC projected XINYCFC’s 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreNew York Red BullsGFX NY Red Bulls Projected XI 2018New York Red Bulls 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreTyler Adams focused on making his own mark, and not on filling other players’ shoesOrlando CityOrlando City projected XIOrlando City 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreJason Kreis shaping revamped Orlando City for the post-Kaka eraPhiladelphia UnionUnion XIPhiladelphia Union 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and morePortland TimbersPortland Timbers projected XIPortland Timbers 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreReal Salt LakeReal Salt Lake projected XIReal Salt Lake 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreSan Jose EarthquakesGFX San Jose Earthquakes XI mls previewSan Jose Earthquakes 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreSeattle SoundersSeattle Sounders Projected XISeattle Sounders 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreSporting Kansas CitySporting KC projected XISporting Kansas City 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreToronto FCToronto FC projected XI GFXToronto FC 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and moreVancouver WhitecapsVancouver Whitecaps projected XIVancouver Whitecaps 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and morelast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for January 30, 2019

first_imgHere is your horoscope for January 30, 2019Check out what the stars say your day will be like today.advertisement india today digital New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 07:19 IST Aquarius ARIESChanges are possible on all levels and you need to be ready and open to welcome them. Beware of waste or over indulgence in food, drink or emotion. You impress people with your charisma. Mood swings and sensitive moments need to be watched with awareness. Lucky number 2. Colour red. TAURUSTrust and go with the flow rather than swim against it as life is taking you where it has to. Plans and ideas actualize as your work is accepted and appreciated by people who matter. This is a time of movement, change and letting go for progress in every aspect. Lucky number 7. Colour blue. GEMINIYou make an impact in professional and business meetings. A Taurus person gives you timely advice. A journey by road is rejuvenating. A spiritual influence is rejuvenating. You are appreciated and supported by people who matter in the work area. Lucky number 5. Colour browns. CANCERPersonal relationships may develop in a triangular manner and it is best to look at your priorities before responding to an overture. Focus on health in order to maintain energy levels. Avoid stress by taking one step at a time towards success and achievement. Lucky number 3. Colour pink. LEOYou are ready to shatter old patterns and limitations that may have blocked you in the past. In doing so you will be amazed at the vitality and empowerment this breakthrough brings to your life and personality. This is a good day to express your feelings and ideas. Lucky number 11. Colour red. advertisementVIRGOYou have an opportunity to share your love and joy with a beloved. Everything seems to be coming together in personal and professional aspects now, enjoy it, ground yourself in it and let the abundance in and around you overflow. Old friends pay a surprise visit. Lucky number 5. Colour red. LIBRAMake peace within and make a compromise in an ongoing conflict. You need to become a participator rather than a watcher to get a taste of loving relationships and the richness of life. Focus on priorities or you miss an important event by wasting time in trivia. Lucky number 4. Colour red. SCORPIOPriorities need to be listed and clearly defined as you are divided about choices. Delays in financial transactions can be expected. Relationships take a back seat, as you get involved in heavy professional schedules. Encounters can be disastrous, be aware. Lucky number 9. Colour gray. SAGITTARIUSYou go to emotional heights and depths in relationships, difficult and easy situations in business and varied reactions from people that gives you a new perspective of life. You can now allow all of life’s colours to penetrate you to become enriched. Lucky number 12. Colour white. CAPRICORNA transforming personal experience is on the cards! Physical strength and endurance enable you to indulge in busy schedules and competitive sport. You must aim for the highest and not make compromises, as achievement of the highest degree is possible now. Lucky number 1. Colour orange. AQUARIUSYou are gracious and gentle while resolving sensitive issues. A young woman or daughter is ready to make decisions and have her own way. Sporty activity and the social whirl keep you busy. Listen to your heart rather than the head for the right answers. Lucky number 15. Colour pastels. PISCESThe third eye of Lord Shiva opens for an infinitesimal moment to bring chaos in long standing situations and relationships so they can change and evolve. Certain happenings and revelations can throw you to begin with but prove to be gainful in the long run. Lucky number 16. Colour reds.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow HoroscopeFollow Daily horoscope Nextlast_img read more

Christmas Breeze in Holywell on December 17

first_img A family fun day entitled, ‘Christmas Breeze’, will be held on Sunday, December 17 at Holywell, the main recreation area in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and World Heritage Site. A family fun day entitled, ‘Christmas Breeze’, will be held on Sunday, December 17 at Holywell, the main recreation area in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and World Heritage Site.The event, which begins at 10:00 a.m., is being staged by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT), the organisation that manages the Park on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA).This is one of the many activities being staged by the JCDT to observe the 25th anniversary of the National Park, to be celebrated on February 25, 2018. The Park was established in 1993 through the Natural Resources Conservation Order and comprises a group of forest reserves gazetted under the old Forest Act of 1937.Executive Director of the JCDT, Dr. Susan Otuokon, told JIS News that a decision was taken to begin the activities in December this year. She said it will be a “fun, cool entertaining day for the whole family” and persons will be able “to experience the real Christmas breeze up in the mountains”.“We will have face painting, guided trail tours, a guided tour of the visitors’ centre featuring craft making of Christmas tree decorations using recycled materials as well as natural found materials such as twigs and leaves,” she said.The JCDT will host ‘The Peak Challenge’ on January 27, 2018. Dr. Otuokon said the JCDT will be challenging Jamaicans to hike to the Blue Mountain peak, the highest point in the island.She is encouraging Jamaicans from youth clubs, church and family groups to visit the Blue Mountains at least once in their lifetime. Persons can email or call 920-8278-9 for further details.“We can make the arrangements. A lot of people do not realise that the Blue Mountain trail is within the National Park and, in fact, quite a lot is in the world heritage site and so it is really a very special trail,” she said, adding that peak hikers are required to pay $200, a legislative fee under the National Parks Regulations.To celebrate the anniversary on February 25, Dr. Otuokon said there will be a musical event titled, ‘Symphony in the Mountains’, scheduled to take place on that date at Holywell. She said the event will feature The Abeng Tour and screening of the ‘Nanny, Queen of the Maroons’ documentary.The event will also include the Immaculate Conception High School Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston College Chapel Choir, master drummers from the Charles Town Maroons and the premiere of the Fourth Movement of the Maroon Symphony – ‘Onslaught’.“This movement tells the story of the Great Maroon War from 1728-1739, which ended with the signing of a peace treaty as the British knew they were defeated. It includes drumming and just about every single orchestral instrument that you can imagine,” Dr. Otuokon said. This is one of the many activities being staged by the JCDT to observe the 25th anniversary of the National Park, to be celebrated on February 25, 2018. The Park was established in 1993 through the Natural Resources Conservation Order and comprises a group of forest reserves gazetted under the old Forest Act of 1937. Story Highlights Executive Director of the JCDT, Dr. Susan Otuokon, told JIS News that a decision was taken to begin the activities in December this year. She said it will be a “fun, cool entertaining day for the whole family” and persons will be able “to experience the real Christmas breeze up in the mountains”.last_img read more

Subsidy only for commercial EVs not personal use Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: The government Friday asserted that subsidies for promotion of electric mobility in India will be only for commercial vehicles, and automobiles for personal usage will not be included. Speaking at an event here, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal said the government expects India to adopt electric vehicles (EV) in “all natural course” – be it for bikes, cars, trucks, buses and e-rickshaws, while emphasising that the transition was necessary in order to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Agreement. “The government has made clear its intention to promote electric mobility through commercial fleet owners and incentives will be only offered to them,” Meghwal said here at India UK Electric Mobility Forum 2019. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsUnder the Rs 10,000-crore FAME scheme, subsidy on EVs are given to three- and four-wheelers for commercial and fleet applications. However, in two-wheelers it is also extended for personal usage. Various industry players have been asking the government to also provide support to EVs for personal usage four-wheelers in order to make them affordable and popularise the eco-friendly technology. Reiterating the significance of EVs, the minister said this was the only way to provide smoke-free environment to the future generations. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep”We will have to move towards the EVs to reduce carbon emissions as per the Paris Agreement… It is the right of future generations to have a smokeless environment… It is our goal,” Meghwal said. Elaborating on the plans to promote EVs, Meghwal said that his ministry has invited proposals from entities to develop charging infrastructure in big and smart cities. “Proposals are invited from cities that intend to develop charging infrastructure in million-plus cities as per 2011 census. Initially, 1,000 EV charging stations are earmarked for development through the EOI (expressions of interest),” he added. These charging stations will be sanctioned in different cities after evaluation of the proposals received under the EOI, the minister said. “We also plan to connect all charging stations with grid-connected solar power plant of required capacity as per new renewable energy guidelines so as to ensure grid stability and green energy for EVs,” he added. “The government also wants to have an electric highway. We are working on that front. The shift towards EVs will not only tackle air pollution, but also reduce import bill,” Meghwal said. He added that the Niti Aayog has recommended making electric two- and three-wheelers mandatory from 2025 and all new four-wheelers for commercial use within city limit by April 2026. The government think tank has also recommended even phase-wise introduction of commercial four-wheelers by fleet owners including taxi aggregators from 2.5 per cent in 2020-21 to 40 per cent usage in 2025-26, he said. “Moreover, it was recommended that 30 per cent of new intra-city buses should be electric by April 2026,” Meghwal said. He said the government has put in statutory safeguards to promote green mobility in the country.last_img read more

The feuding feral cats of HMC Dockyard – and the exsailor who

first_imgHALIFAX – Pierre Filiatreault looked out his office window at Halifax’s naval base 12 years ago and saw two tiny kittens playing together in a narrow alleyway.The kittens — one with fluffy orange and white fur and one all black — appeared malnourished and without a mother, so Filiatreault began feeding them.He fashioned a small makeshift shelter out of Plexiglas and other scrap materials. The pair could often be seen cuddled together inside the enclosure, resting their heads on each other’s back paws, their bellies touching.Eventually the naval officer took them to the SPCA, where they were adopted. But the two kittens were not the only felines roaming the base in search of food and shelter.Feral cats are a common sight at HMC Dockyard — home to Canada’s East Coast navy, including frigates and the submarine HMCS Windsor.Filiatreault retired in 2009 as a petty officer first class after serving 31 years in the navy, but he still visits the base near downtown Halifax every day to feed the roughly 20 stray cats that call it home.“The cats are part of my life now. As you feed animals, you get attached to them,” said Filiatreault in front of a cat shelter dubbed “Saraphyna” that’s nestled into a ledge that overlooks the Halifax harbour.“It’s not work anymore. They’re part of the family.”Filiatreault, also known as the Catman, has special permission from the Defence Department to maintain several cat shelters at the yard and enter the base each day to feed what have become known locally as the “dockyard cats.”In 2005 he started to trap, neuter and return the cats to help control the population. Kittens have not been born at the base in roughly nine years, and the oldest cat is now around 14. Feral cats usually only live two or three years.Each has a name — like Binoo and Black Chin — and will come to Filiatreault when called. They respond to three languages, given Filiatreault is French and his wife Paola — who helps with the feeding — is Italian, and both speak English.There are two cat colonies at the dockyard, referred to as the “city” and “country” cats.On the south end, a contingent of black and white cats roam a concrete jungle-of-sorts amidst the bustle of Canada’s Atlantic naval fleet.They can be seen scampering up wooden planks Filiatreault has attached to the side of buildings, allowing them to navigate from an upper roadway to an oceanside docking and loading area.The four-legged furballs sometimes trot along the wharf alongside uniformed officers and snooze in the shade under row boats stored on racks.The city cats eat inside the “Catty Shack” shelter — a white barn-style shed with a cat door that sits in the shadow of the Macdonald Bridge and is nestled among shipping containers and the base’s post office. Around back is one of Filiatreault’s first shelters he built in 2005 from an old fridge.The Catty Shack is heated with light bulbs, keeping it at about 10 C, and inside are cubbies equipped with cat beds and an endless supply of dry food.It’s the first stop on the daily run — when Filiatreault or his wife check on their feline friends, give them deworming and anti-flea medications and bring more desirable edibles.“They love treats. My wife spoils them — chicken, ground beef, steak or ham, depending on the season,” said Filiatreault, scooping out wet cat food onto a dish and mixing it with vitamins.“They’re friendly, but they are feral cats so you cannot touch them.”Meanwhile, the north end cats are happy trotting through tall grass or napping inside an old boat — dubbed “the Ark” — which sits in a small green space and is covered by wood framing and Plexiglas for added protection from the elements. Cina, who has long orange fur, can often be found sleeping inside.Placid, a short-haired white cat that has undergone three knee surgeries, is the local boss. He often perches on a retaining wall that overlooks the Saraphyna Shelter and Ark below.Multi-coloured Cleo has also proven to be somewhat of a chieftain of her clan. She recently defended their territory when another cat — Benny from the city colony — wandered in.“She was quite adamant that they did not want him there,” he said. “It’s like street gangs. It works the same way with feral cats. They all have their own section of the dockyard.”Navy officers will sometimes come visit the country colony on their lunch break, bringing treats.There are only a couple dozen cats now living at the dockyard, but that number was once closer to 100 in the 1990s, before Filiatreault took an interest.He raises money to keep the dockyard program running under Pierre’s Alley Cat Society, which is in its 10th year. Cats can be sponsored on a monthly or yearly basis, which pays for their food and any vet visits.Filiatreault said the Defence Department has always been supportive of his initiative and has even provided funding and manpower when the shelters were first constructed. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Catty Shack.He said he will continue the dockyard program until its natural conclusion — when the remaining residents live out their lives.“All animals deserve a chance to live,” said Filiatreault. “It could be another two years or it could be five years, but I’m in it for the long haul.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Alaska city council postpones onsite marijuana use ordinance

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Officials in an Alaska city have postponed an ordinance that would allow onsite consumption at retail marijuana stores.The Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday that the Fairbanks City Council voted 4-2 Monday to postpone passage of the regulation permitting use at approved locations within the city limits.The newspaper reports the current Fairbanks ordinance prohibits onsite consumption at stores “even if authorized by state law.”The newspaper reports that councillors intend the postponement to allow time to draft a substitute ordinance creating a ballot measure for October’s general election that would leave the question of onsite consumption to voters.The newspaper says the council is scheduled to revisit the subject at its April 22 meeting.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press read more

UN ramping up aid efforts amid deepening Libyan crisis

According to the Libya country team of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 331,000 people are in need of assistance, including an estimated 287,000 people who are internally displaced within and around the capital, Tripoli, as well as Benghazi. In addition, another 100,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries amid the continuing violence between rival armed factions in the country. In a press statement released today, OCHA said the main humanitarian priorities outlined in its new appeal are health and food assistance, provision of non-food items and hygiene kits, and mine action activities which would target the internally displaced, migrants, refugees, other vulnerable groups and affected host communities. “Whilst the conflict has obliged the vast majority of the international community present in Libya, including the United Nations, to temporarily withdraw from the country, access is being sought through national and international partners who have presence in the country and through UN agency national staff,” the statement said. It added that humanitarian needs assessments were ongoing “in order to take into account the fluid security situation in the country and identify and target the most vulnerable affected populations and guide the humanitarian response.” Civilian casualties, injuries and large-scale displacement continue to increase in Libya as a result of recent clashes in Tripoli and several other areas of the country. The North African nation has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and set the country on a transition to democracy. read more

Big win honors for Ohio State womens soccer

Ohio State women’s soccer’s season will continue after a big day on and off the pitch. On the field, the No. 21-ranked Buckeyes beat Nebraska, 1-0, in a Big Ten Tournament opening-round match Wednesday to advance to the next round of competition. Off the field, five OSU players received conference honors, the Big Ten announced. OSU, the Big Ten Tournament’s No. 2-seed, got the eventual game-winner from sophomore midfielder Ellyn Gruber just before halftime. Buckeyes freshman goalkeeper Jillian McVicker made one save in the game to help OSU advance. Prior to the game, the Big Ten Conference announced that five OSU players had received honors, including record-setting senior forward Tiffany Cameron. Cameron, along with junior midfielder Danica Wu, was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection to add to her recent success. On Monday, Cameron was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after scoring twice in a 5-0 win against Indiana to become OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer. After entering the match against the Hoosiers tied with former Buckeyes Lisa Collison and Lara Dickenmann for the all-time goals lead with 35, Cameron grabbed the record herself with two goals in the team’s regular season finale. Wu was a second team All-Big Ten selection last season and earned the first-team honor despite missing four games on international duty with Canada’s U-20 team. OSU senior midfielder/forward Kendyl Reed, McVicker and junior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman were also honored by the conference, according to a Wednesday OSU release. Reed was tabbed a second team All-Big Ten selection after posting one assist in 18 starts for the Buckeyes while McVicker was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team after allowing just four goals in almost 734 minutes in goal this season. Middleman was the Buckeyes’ sportsmanship honoree. Members of OSU women’s soccer were not immediately made available for The Lantern’s Wednesday request for comment. OSU (14-4-1) will continue Big Ten Conference play Friday against either No. 3-seeded Michigan or No. 6-seeded Wisconsin. Kickoff for the tournament’s semifinal-round game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. read more

Angela Rippon tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bread

first_img“In fact when tests have been done there’s about a six-hundred fold variation in the amount of morphine in poppy seeds.”The popular advice programme has gained popularity through a number of series as it exposes real-life rip-offs and consumer issues that have caught out viewers.The fourth series of Rip Off Britain: Food, with Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville, begins at 10.45am on BBC One on Monday. Dumbfounded at first, he claimed he then realised that the answer must be the poppy seed bread he had eaten for his breakfast toast.Rippon said: “In more than 50 years of broadcasting I’ve found myself in a number of extraordinary situations.”But I must say I never thought I’d find myself taking a drugs test, let alone have it come back positive.”Rippon had a go at a urine screening test herself as the show explained how drugs tests are becoming more common in work environments where employees drive, operate heavy machinery or where the job is a matter of public safety. Poppy seeds Presenter Angela Rippon has tested positive for opiates after eating poppy seeds in a loaf of bread.The 72-year-old’s unlikely test result picked up the presence of morphine, derived from opium, after she ate a loaf of poppy seed bread and a poppy seed bagel over the course of three days.The poppy seed experiment came after a contributor to the fourth series of Rip Off Britain: Food told how he was sacked from his job at a power station after a routine drug test showed opiates in his system. Poppy seeds Prof Johnston explained: “The amount of morphine in a poppy seed will vary quite considerably depending on when and where it was harvested. Consulting Queen Mary University toxicology expert, Professor Atholl Johnston, about her own result, Rippon said: “Does that mean that if I was taking a test as an employee, that my employers could say there’s a possibility, Rippon, that you’re a drug taker?”center_img Angela Rippon took part in the TV experiment for Rip Off Britain 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. The culprit: poppy seed bread The culprit: poppy seed bread Angela Rippon took part in the TV experiment for Rip Off Britainlast_img read more

AEP construction program largest in the industry second largest in the USA

first_imgNew emissions-reduction equipment and power generation brought on line in 2007 by AEP will extend the environmental life of low-cost, coal-fuelled generation and boost local economies.American Electric Power ( AEP) has an aggressive program to install emissions-reduction equipment on its existing plants and build new generation facilities. The company’s construction program was ranked the second largest in the USA and the largest in the utility industry, based on capital invested, in a November 2007 report from Engineering News-Record. Only Alcoa had a larger construction program during the same period. In 2007 alone, AEP completed installation of advanced emissions-control equipment on 3,500 MW of coal-fired generation and started and finished construction of a 340-MW gas power plant. “By the end of 2007, we’d completed more than two-thirds of the massive $5.1 billion program that we began in 2004 to reduce emissions from our existing coal-fuelled generating fleet. It’s a testament to the diligence of our employees and the skills of the thousands of contractors who’ve worked with us that we’ve successfully managed one of the largest construction programs in the country and completed all of the work on time, or ahead of schedule, and on budget,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.“These investments not only provide long-term environmental benefits by significantly reducing emissions from our coal-fuelled plants, they also extend the environmental life of these low-cost facilities and prevent the need to build thousands of megawatts of new power plants that would exponentially increase electricity prices for our customers. We still need new plants to meet growing electricity demand, but equipping our current coal-fuelled plants with the latest environmental controls prevents the premature retirement of these efficient facilities by significantly reducing their environmental impact.“These projects also support local economies through the addition of thousands of temporary and permanent jobs and the development of new businesses, including the opening of local mines and, in the case of Moundsville, West Virginia, the development of a new wallboard plant,” Morris said.AEP’s capital investments for generation and environmental retrofits in 2006 and 2007 totaled more than $3.8 billion, with a significant portion committed to installing emissions reduction equipment on AEP’s generating fleet in West Virginia and Ohio. In West Virginia, AEP completed installation of flue gas desulfurisation systems, or scrubbers, to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions and a selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions on 1,600 MW of generation at the company’s Mitchell Plant in Moundsville. AEP also installed a scrubber on its 1,300-MW Mountaineer Plant in New Haven. This work totalled more than $1.5 billion and provided in excess of 4,800 temporary construction jobs over the two-year timeline of the projects. Additionally, 121 permanent jobs were added at the two plants, 55 at Mitchell and 66 at Mountaineer.In Ohio, AEP completed installation of a scrubber on a 600-MW generating unit at the Cardinal Plant in Brilliant. The Cardinal Unit 2 scrubber and associated projects totaled approximately $285 million and provided approximately 1,000 temporary and 56 permanent jobs in the area. Cardinal Unit 2 is owned by Buckeye Power but operated by AEP. AEP is finishing a second scrubber on Cardinal’s Unit 1 that will be operational this spring. Cardinal Unit 1 is owned and operated by AEP.AEP’s construction program will continue in 2008 as the company moves forward with work already in progress to install emissions reduction equipment at three additional plants. AEP is installing scrubbers on three generating units at Amos Plant in St. Albans, West Virginia, has begun work on a third scrubber at Cardinal Plant, and is installing a new scrubber, upgrading an existing scrubber and installing an SCR at Conesville Plant in Conesville, Ohio. The Conesville Unit 6 scrubber upgrade will be completed in 2008. The new Conesville Unit 4 scrubber and SCR should be on line in 2009. The Amos scrubbers will be completed in 2009 and 2010, and the third Cardinal scrubber (owned by Buckeye Power) will be operational in 2010.AEP also anticipates finalising approvals and beginning work on its proposed 600-MW baseload coal-fuelled plant in Hempstead County near Texarkana, Arkansas, in 2008. The company recently received construction approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission for the plant. Other regulatory approvals are pending. AEP continues to work to obtain approval to build two 630-MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) clean-coal plants, one in New Haven, West Virginia, and another in Great Bend, Ohio.“Our vast construction program and associated capital investment will continue well into the next decade. We’ve planned capital expenditures in excess of $3 billion each year through 2010, and as we wind down significant investment in our environmental retrofit program in 2010, we will be ramping up investment in new transmission and in our gridSMART program to modernise our distribution grid and give our customers the ability to actively manage their electricity usage and costs. We also expect to be moving forward with additional new generation construction and retrofit of carbon capture and storage technologies post-2010 to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and preserve our ability to use domestic coal to generate electricity and keep prices as low as possible,” Morris said.AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning more than 38,000 MW of generating capacity in the USA.last_img read more

New 14M3 motor grader has larger engine better fuel efficiency

first_imgThe new Cat® 14M3 motor grader builds on the solid design of predecessor models with a larger engine, increased fuel efficiency, improved machine balance, enhanced transmission performance, advanced electro-hydraulic steering, more powerful telematics and added operator-safety/convenience features. An easily maintained drawbar-circle-moldboard assembly is designed for productive performance in a range of applications, and long-term durability of major structures combines with low operating costs and serviceability to provide optimum value.The new model is sized to work effectively in mine construction projects and in haul road maintenance for smaller trucks.The 14M3 front frame is a single, heavy-duty steel casting designed to dissipate working forces, and the rear frame features two bumper castings and thick hitch plates. A series of patented, easily installed “top-adjust” metallic or nonmetallic wear strips and wear inserts ensure that drawbar-circle-moldboard components maintain a ‘factory-tight’ condition that promotes high-quality work and significantly reduces operating costs. An adjustable circle drive also assists in maintaining assembly tightness and further reduces service time and costs.The Cat C13 ACERT™ engine replaces the C11 engine in predecessor models and features an ECO mode that boosts fuel economy by limiting the engine’s high-idle speed to 1,750 rpm in working gears, while maintaining machine power. ECO-mode savings are especially significant when working at high idle in light to moderate applications in gears 3R to 5F.The standard Optimized Variable Horsepower system is designed to closely match power requirements in all gears, and the Consistent-Power-To-Ground feature automatically changes engine power levels to compensate for cooling fan losses, resulting in consistent power delivery in all ambient temperatures and working conditions. The C13 engine is available in three versions to suit emissions standards in the area of use. All emissions solutions are transparent to the operator and do not interrupt working cycles.The 8F/6R power-shift transmission has a wide operating range for application flexibility and maximum productivity. The Cat Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) enhances range-to-range shifting by maintaining consistent torque flow and smoothing shift points. The Shuttle-Shift feature enables directional shifts without slowing engine speed or using the inching pedal, and an available Autoshift system allows programming shift points to best match requirements of specific applications.An engine over-speed protection system prevents downshifting at excessive ground speeds, and the standard automatic differential lock disengages during turns and re-engages during straight travel, simplifying operation and protecting the power train.For added braking capability, hydraulically actuated oil-cooled disc brakes at each tandem wheel feature larger brake discs and piston areas, compared with predecessor models. Also, separate oil supplies for braking and implement systems eliminate cross-contamination, reduce heat and extend component life. An available compression brake enhances stopping power.The load-sensing hydraulic system incorporates advanced electro-hydraulic operation for precise, responsive implement control. Proportional Priority Pressure-Compensating valves provide different flow rates for the head and rod ends of the cylinders, further ensuring consistent, predictable control. Balanced, proportional hydraulic flow enables all implements to operate simultaneously with consistent speed at consistent engine speeds.Blade-float features allow the entire blade to follow ground contour, or the toe of the blade can follow a hard surface, while the remaining cylinder is controlled manually. A 4.3-m moldboard is standard; a 4.9-m version is optional. A range of cutting edges and bits are available, as are a three-shank ripper, scarifier, and snow plow and snow-wing options.A fully scalable, factory integrated Cat GRADE with Cross Slope system allows operators to easily maintain desired cross slope by automatically controlling one side of the blade. In addition, newly patented Stable Grade and Auto Articulation technologies improve operator performance and productivity. Stable Grade detects and reduces machine bounce during operation while Auto Articulation improves manoeuvrability and performance in tight working spaces and enhances operator comfort. Cat Advanced Control Joysticks are optional with Cat GRADE with Cross Slope, and they also allow precise operation with AccuGrade™ and when using snow wings. The Advanced Control Joysticks allow the operator to configure auxiliary hydraulic functions safely and effectively without removing either hand from the controls, which results in decreased operator fatigue and increased productivity.More effective fleet management is placed in the machine owner’s hands with the Cat Product Link™ telematics system. The system allows remote monitoring of machine location, fuel usage, machine performance and fault codes via the secure VisionLink® user interface.Steering is speed-sensitive, becoming less sensitive at higher speeds, and a secondary steering system engages automatically if required. Selectable blade-lift modes—fine, normal, and coarse—match blade control to the application, and the ‘Return-to-Center’ system automatically restores straight-frame travel from any angle.last_img read more

Budget likely to top agenda as Fine Gael Labour and Fianna Fáil

first_imgTHE THREE MAIN political parties are holding their annual ‘think-ins’ in various locations across the country today ahead of the start of the new Dáil term on Wednesday.Fine Gael holds its two-day meeting in Portlaoise, Co Laois while Labour is meeting in Enfield, Co Meath and Fianna Fáil is holding its annual think-in in Waterford.Fine Gael and Labour’s annual parliamentary party meetings are likely to hear diverging views on the Budget taking place next month as the coalition parties appear at odds over the scale of the adjustment.Various TDs and Ministers within Fine Gael want €3.1 billion in cuts in order to reach the deficit target of under 5.1 per cent.However those in Labour including senior ministers such as Ruairi Quinn have explicitly called for the Budget adjustment to be less than €3.1 billion while leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has hit out at ‘austerity hawks’.Labour’s meeting comes in the wake of a Red C poll at the weekend which showed support for the party at a five-year low.With the two government parties talking about the Budget that is also likely to dominate the agenda at Fianna Fáil’s gathering.The party has called for a softer Budget than the €3.1 billion demanded by Ireland’s international lenders. However it has not yet been specific on the figure.Discussions on the forthcoming Seanad referendum – now just over two weeks away – the new Dáil term, political reform and briefings on next May’s local and European elections are also likely to take place.Joan Burton: ‘Eamon Gilmore has always been supportive of me and I am for him’Read: Labour support hits five-year low in opinion pollslast_img read more

Samsung is mass producing 128GB NAND storage for phones tablets

first_imgWhen Apple introduced the iPhone 5 last week it decided to stick with the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options. That may be due to consumers not needing that much portable storage in a phone yet, or because of a lack of 128GB NAND chips being available in a package small enough to fit in a phone. However, that won’t be the case for much longer.Samsung has announced it is now mass producing 128GB NAND eMMC (embedded multimedia card) storage aimed at smartphones and tablet devices. Using its latest 20nm class manufacturing process Samsung has developed a 128GB eMMC Pro Class 1500 chip measuring just 12 x 16mm and using Samung’s 64Gb NAND memory with a toggle DDR 2.0 interface.Data transfer speeds for the new eMMC aren’t bad either, with read speeds reaching 140MB/s and write speed 50MB/s. Random reads and writes are pegged at 3500/1500 IOPS respectively, and as these are 20nm chips they aren’t going to draw much power.With the new chips becoming widely available it wont be long before smartphone and tablet manufacturers pick them up. That means we’ll soon have the option to buy a new devices with a 128GB storage option. It may even be the case that Apple introduces a new 128GB iPhone 5 in a few months if it sees a need, or as a reaction to Samsung deciding to use its own 128GB chips in a Galaxy S4 smartphone or new Galaxy Tab tablet.Read more at Samsunglast_img read more

The 2nd Sega Pluto console has been found and it only cost

first_imgYesterday, we shared with you several pictures of a prototype Sega console known as Pluto. It is a console that was considered for release after the Saturn, and looks to just be modified Saturn hardware with a dial-up NetLink modem included as standard.What you may have noticed in the images is the base of the Pluto has a sticker that said “PLUTO 02.” In fact, only two of these prototypes were ever produced, and we thought we were lucky just to be seeing one of them after it had been sat forgotten in a box for 14 years. But the other prototype has turned up a day later, and only cost the owner a dollar.The prototype we saw yesterday is owned by a former Sega employee who took it with him when Sega laid him off. This other prototype, PLUTO 01, was bought by its owner for $1 at a flea market. That’s incredible value considering how much it is potentially worth.The video below shows the console is in working order, but the optical drive lid won’t stay down on its own. That’s got to be an easy fix, but the owner hasn’t been inclined to have the work done in the 5 years he’s owned it.Based on the comments on YouTube, it looks likely he’s going to try and sell it on eBay now he knows it’s worth quite a bit of money. How much? $1,000 was suggested on the ASSEMbler forums and got shot down as too cheap, so it is certainly an item reserved for wealthy collectors.What the retro gaming community really wants to see is the insides of the Pluto so we can get a better idea of what Sega was planning. Is it just a standard Saturn inside? Or was this a bigger upgrade? Now we have two consoles identified, there’s more chance one of them will have the case taken off and some shots taken.last_img read more

All at sea

first_imgIn a week that saw Immigration Department officials in Canberra ratchet up the argument for the offshore processing of asylum seekers, warning that more than 600 people could wash up on Australia’s shores every month if there was a return to onshore processing, the tensions around the issue, and the politcal manoueverings in their wake, suggest Australia is anything but close to resolving the matter. The message from Canberra, irrespective of the High Court’s recent torpedoing of the Gillard government’s deal with Kuala Lumpur, is that only the “Malaysian solution” can be the “game-changer” in stopping the people-smugglers and the desperate men, women and children they persuade, to make the hazardous voyage to Australia. The assessment, running against a vocal tide of opinion which backs the dumping of offshore processing, was made during a briefing to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott last Wednesday. Despite the department’s advice, Mr Abbott still refuses to back the government’s efforts to circumvent the High Court by introducing new legislation to bring Malaysia back into the equation, and says he will only support offshore processing on Nauru and PNG’s Manus Island. Ten years after the ‘Children Overboard affair’, the political football that is the emotively charged notion of ‘border protection’ has not been kicked higher or more often. Efforts to prevent a repeat of the Christmas Island tragedy in December 2010, ensured that the mechanics of dissuading asylum seekers from ever setting out on a sea journey to Australia, would become central to the debate. What’s clear since the High Court’s ruling, is that many voices are being raised, beyond ‘the usual suspects’ in opposition to offshore processing. Steve Georganas MP told Neos Kosmos that while he believes the ‘Malaysia solution’ was “a good regional solution,” and that he was “disappointed” with the High Court’s ruling but added: “I’d personally be more comfortable if these things were handled onshore. I’ve always been of that opinion, we’re dealing with human lives.” Georganas shares a commonly held view that the most crucial issues now, is to look at the perceived problem in perspective: “We’ve got 40 million people displaced in the world, last year there was something like 3000 people arriving by boat on our shores, [it’s] absoluteley minute. Look at Italy and Greece and look at what is happening over there. What does it mean for ordinary australians? How does it affect their individual life? The answer is zilch. Let’s get some level-headed discussion so we can get a proper solution, a long-lasting solution.”The Labor Member for Hindmarsh added, that from the government’s position “everything’s on the table at the moment. We’re going to be having discussions through caucus, and we need to get it into perspective. If you have a look at the Nauru option and the former government’s off-shore processing, over ninety per cent ended up in Australia.What did we acheive? We acheived big expenses, millions of dollars. It was all about the image [the Howard government] created, that they were tough on refugees. In the end ninety per cent were deemed to be genuine refugees.” The South Australian MP believes there are certainly lessons from history which his government would be wise to remember “No one played politics with this issue up to the Howard government, previously both sides knew there was a lot of volatility to the issue, and the last thing governments need to do is incite that volatility.” Fellow Senator, Nick Xenophon, believes the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on offshore processing would be better spent on hospitals and schools, and that a more effective use of tax payers money in stopping the boats, would be to spend the money on hunting people smugglers in tandem with regional authorities. “Let common sense prevail,” says the Independent Member for South Australia. “91 per cent of people who have been processed offshore got to stay in Australia anyway. This is an issue where politics has got in the way of reason. We need to look at onshore processing. It’s quicker and more efficient. If people qualify as refugees, they stay. If they don’t, they they go back. we need to be tough but fair and the best way of dealing with it is onshore.” A tireless advocate for Asylum Seekers’ rights, Kon Karapanagiotidis feels vindicated by the decision to prevent the ‘Malaysia solution’ being implemented, and with it, the fundamental questioning of offshore ‘solutions’. “It’s affirming,” said the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne, “we’ve spent ten years as an organisation in the minority, it was nice to have a win for once.” Karapanagiotidis echoes the view that it is the absence of a sense of proportion, that has hampered successive governments in achieving humane and sustainable policies in relation to asylum seekers. “23,024 people have come by boat to Australia since 1975. That’s 677 people a year. Based on that average, it would take 149 years the fill the MCG once, with people coming by boat. Why the hysteria? What’s all this fear-mongering about? It’s a joke. We’re in a crisis that doesn’t actually exist, the insanity is that we find ourselves in a political crisis manufacturing a boat people problem, when there isn’t one.”A graduate with a Bachelor of Law from La Trobe University, Karapanagiotidis feels that the Greek Australian community’s response to the asylum seekers issue also needs to be reconfigured. “Greeks understand the experience of migration almost better than anyone else, what I find often is that Greeks themselves here are the most anti-refugee. They say ‘we came the right way, we’re the right sort of immigrants. It’s time for a new conversation about what are we afraid of.” Above all, the La Trobe Uni alumni believes that now, more than ever, an opportunity exists that Australia must grasp.“We’re strong enough a country to learn from our mistakes. There’s another way forward: the humane processing of asylum seekers in the community. It would cost one per cent of what it costs to keep them in a detention centre. Nine out of ten people on these boats are found to be genuine refugees. You have two choices: you can save millions of dollars, let them work, be part of the community, and those people will pay back ten fold, or continue down this path, where we’re all diminished as Australians, Which way do we want to go as a country?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Did actress Namitha behave rudely with cops and EC officials Her husband

first_imgNamitha.PR HandoutNamitha was recently in the news when reports of the actress behaving rudely with the cops and election commission officials had surfaced on TV channels. Her husband Veerendra Chowdhary has now given a detailed account of the incident.According to Veerendra Chowdhary, they were on their way to Yercaud when their car was stopped by cops in three junctions and they co-operated with them. But the couple had tought times after an official from the election commission stopped their vehicle at Salem-Yercaud junction.He tells that Namitha raised objection when the official tried to check her bag, demanding that a woman cop should inspect her bag. Some media had claimed that she behaved rudely with the official and the cops and displayed tantrum.The complete explanation from Namitha’s hubby can be read below:Let me start by saying that I am utterly sorry! Sorry that you were misguided by all the news that have been in the circulation past few days. On my and my wife Namitha’s defense I’d like to say this. We were travelling to Yercud for shoot and were on road since past 8 hrs. My wife Namitha was sleeping in the back seat as it was 2.30 at night.Before this unfortunate incident we were stopped 3 times at different junctions, and we co-operated with everyone as they all were respectful to us. But when we reached the junction of Salem- Yercud , the gentleman from the Election Commission stopped the car and very rudely spoke to everyone in the car. He was showing his authority to everyone and behaving as if we were CRIMINALS!!He even opened the door of the back of the car despite of my pleas that sir My wife is tired and she’s slepping if you want I’ll wake her up , he still went and open the door and Namitha who was sleeping with her back resting on the door, almost fell out of the car !!! He said sorry but he still went on searching the car as if we were trafficking some illegal substances.Then he started checking everyone’s bags, and when he reached Namitha’s bags she refused to open her bag…. TO HIM! She said if you want to check my bag Kindly arrnage for a FEMALE COP. As its her bag and since it carries some intimate items, she would be comfortable to have a FEMALE COP who checks it. Thats all! That was the only matter!! Its Every Woman’s right to ask for a FEMALE COP if she’s uncomfortable.According to me, this whole matter has been blown out of proportion. If it was a noraml citizen nobody would’ve made a peep about it. But since its asked by a celebrity everyone is taking an advantage and making a mountain out of mole. That’s all. Instead of taking it wrongly , I hope the women of our country learn from this incident And raise their voices and ask for a FEMALE COP’S PRESENCE if she feels she’s uncomfortable. Thank youlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday October 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.AFRO LogoA review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on First Lady Michelle Obama’s impassioned speech yesterday condemning Donald Trump and sexism. And we are in Day Two of WEAA’s Fall Membership drive, so please make your pledge of support to AFRO’s First Edition…410.319.8888!These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img read more