The Case For Obama

first_imgAs a kid growing up in Central Texas, I learned Hindi by watching Bollywood films. My all-time-favorite was a 1970s flick called Purab Aur Pachhim. In the film, Manoj Kumar plays a student named Bharat who leaves India to study in London. There, he falls in love with a westernized BBCD (British-Born Confused Desi) named Preeti, played by Saira Banu.At the end of the film, Bharat tries to convince Preeti to settle with him back home in India. He shows her the sights and sounds of the homeland – from the majestic Taj Mahal to the quaint villages. However, in the end, the winning argument for her is the newfound understanding that in India, “maa baap ke liye bacche sabh kuchh hai, aur bacche ke liye maa baap” (for parents, children are everything and for children, parents are the same).For all his merits on the issues, I’m supporting Barack Obama for president because he best reflects our values of family, responsibility and community.Barack is the son of an immigrant father, who, like my parents, came to this country to get an education and better himself. He understands the challenges of growing up different in America, with a funny name and an atypical family. But he also understands that our challenges should never be a crutch; that hard work and determination are the key to accessing the opportunities America affords us.In this election, millions of Indian Americans will have the chance to lead by our ballots. We recognize America is no longer the destination. It is our home. So where do we want to see our country go?Barack Obama will return us to the fiscal sanity of the Clinton administration when America’s financial stature in the world was unparalleled because the government did what we expect of families: lived within its means and balanced its budget.Barack Obama champions the cause of universal health care, ensuring that no family is forced to depend on emergency rooms (and taxpayers) for medical services. His plan will help small businesses who are being crushed by the skyrocketing cost of providing health coverage for their employees.Barack Obama will strengthen the U.S.-India friendship with his continued support for the nuclear deal, which will pave the way for energy security in the world’s largest democracy.And Barack Obama will be the president who commits himself to the ideal that every child in America should have access to excellent schools, great teachers and affordable college tuition. This is, after all, the key to the American dream. Barack knows because, like so many of us, he’s lived it.The past eight years have been dismal for all Americans and we simply cannot afford more of the same failed policies of the past. For all John McCain’s rhetoric, a man who spent 26 years in Congress and voted with President Bush 90% of the time can hardly claim to be a maverick or a reformer. We cannot afford the right-wing leanings of a McCain-Palin ticket that turns its back on teaching real science, investing in life-saving research, guarding the privacy and civil liberties of our citizens and ending the war in Iraq responsibly.When John McCain looks at the crisis in our financial markets and declares, “the fundamentals of the economy are strong,” there is no doubt left that he is out of touch with the lives of ordinary Americans. That’s not change. That’s more of the same.We need real change in America. We need leaders who see our diversity as our greatest strength and globalization as an opportunity. We need a president who reminds us that Social Security, Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not government bureaucracies to be vilified in the heat of a campaign, but part and parcel of our compact as an American family where we are all beholden to one another.Over the course of this election, I’ve been proud to see so many young Indian Americans join our campaign for change. They come believing that one person can make a difference. As we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti this month, it’s fitting to remember the community organizer from Porbander, Gujarat, who counseled each of us to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”So I can’t help but wonder, “What would Gandhi do in this election?” Which candidate will stand with me as I aim to fulfill my responsibilities to my parents, my community and the next generation? Who represents the change we desire most for our country? For me, the matter is settled and Barack Obama is my candidate. Parag Mehta is Director of External Communications for the Democratic National Committee.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Waqar blasts Afridi, Morris dejected despite fireworks and more

first_imgIndian-origin cricketers continue to make waves in AustraliaJason Sangha, an Indian-origin batsman, became the youngest cricketer to be named in the New South Wales team.Waqar blames Afridi for Pakistan’s poor show, wants Akmal axed from teamThe former coach Waqar Younis has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to drop Umar Akmal from the team and blamed Shahid Afridi for the team’s poor run in recent times. IPL 2016: Chris Morris upset after 32-ball 82 goes in vain for Delhi DaredevilsChris Morris termed his breezy 82 as his “best innings in T20 cricket”, but on the other hand was disappointed to see his team Delhi Daredevils go down to Gujarat Lions by one-run in a thrilling IPL match.Bayern Munich lose 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in Champions League semifinal An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.Rafael Nadal to be Spain’s flagbearer at Rio Games Rafael Nadal, 14-times grand slam singles tennis champion, will carry Spain’s flag at the opening ceremony for this year Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

Modi attends Priyanka-Nick’s Delhi reception

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a high-profile crowd in congratulating newly-married couple actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas at their reception here on Tuesday.Modi arrived here amid tight security to be a part of the special day of the actress, who first made India proud by winning the Miss World crown in 2000, and then became a leading Bollywood actress, followed by a rare successful crossover into Hollywood.The PM, who was escorted on stage by Priyanka’s mother Madhu Chopra, was dressed in a white kurta-pyjama with a black Nehru jacket. He remained on stage for about 10 minutes, meeting Nick and Priyanka’s families with folded hands and exchanging pleasantries.Priyanka introduced her brother-in-law Joe Jonas and his to-be-wife, “Game Of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner, to Modi saying: “Inki bhi shaadi hone waali hai (They are also going to get married).”The couple of the night posed with panache. Priyanka dazzled in an elegant white bejewelled ensemble with a multi-layered diamond necklace and earrings, with her hair neatly tied in a bun complete with white roses. She flaunted the “chopra” — traditional red bangles worn by a Punjabi bride — and sported vermillion. Nick was dressed in a velvet dinner jacket and completed the look with a bow tie.The venue, the Durbar Hall at the Taj Palace Hotel, was done up elegantly with exotic white and soft pink flowers, and the “NP” icon, which has remained a staple throughout the couple’s wedding, stood out on the elaborate stage.Candles flickered away at different spots of the venue which was enlivened by the sound of live music and a free flow of cocktails and a wide variety of food.There was also an element of quirk with a vintage car which read “Just Married”.Guests, which mostly included Priyanka’s family members, also saw veteran designers Ritu Kumar and Ritu Beri, along with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi, in attendance.Kumar was touched by Priyanka’s invitation.”I remember Priyanka had come to me first before she was going for the Miss World pageant, and I had told her to wear a lot of ethnic wear. She wore some of my designs. I am very happy for her. She has come a long way,” Kumar told IANS.The gala evening was preceded by a three-day extravaganza in Jodhpur’s majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, where Priyanka, 36, and Nick, 26, exchanged wedding vows as per Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.Their pre-wedding rituals at the celebrations, which saw participation from just a little over 200 guests, included a “mehendi” ceremony. There was also a friendly cricket match between the two families, as well as a glitzy and power-packed musical evening.Of her wedding, Priyanka, a National Award-winning actress who has made her name in Hollywood as the lead star in American show “Quantico”, told of her wedding: “I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up.”We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalised them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”–IANSrb/niradvertisementlast_img read more

Pulisic cam? U.S. star to be focus of broadcast

first_imgUnited States Pulisic cam? TV network to offer isolated view of U.S. star during Costa Rica match Seth Vertelney Last updated 2 years ago 05:08 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic USA United States United States v Costa Rica Costa Rica WC Qualification CONCACAF Viewers will be able to use ESPN’s streaming service to focus in mostly on the teenager during Friday’s World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena. ESPN has announced it will offer a player isolation camera focused mostly on young star Christian Pulisic on ESPN3 during Friday’s USA-Costa Rica match. Fans who want to focus mostly on the 18-year-old attacker will be able to use the streaming service to view an “ISO Cam” that the network says will be “focused solely on key players such as 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund star midfielder Christian Pulisic and Seattle Sounders’ Clint Dempsey.”Though producers may choose to spotlight other players on occasion, it is likely that Pulisic will be the main focus of the isolation camera.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina ESPN has used the isolation camera for various sports in the past – most notably in soccer 10 years ago when the network introduced the “Beckham Cam” for David Beckham’s first game with the LA Galaxy. Whereas producers had to cut to the Beckham Cam at various points during that broadcast, the simultaneous ESPN3 broadcast will mean viewers can always be focused on Pulisic if they so choose this time around. In addition to the isolation camera, ESPN3 will also have a tactical camera available, which will show an aerial wide-angle view from behind the goal. Coverage of the World Cup qualifier begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, with kickoff set for 6:55 p.m. Ian Darke and analyst Taylor Twellman will provide match commentary with Julie Stewart-Binks and Sebastian Salazar as sideline reporters.last_img read more


first_imgThe 2008 Coopers 5-a-side Challenge is set to go off on Sunday 24th of February with some fast and furious touch in the sun. The Glenelg Foreshore again hosts the 14th Annual Challenge and it promises to be more exciting than ever with the rising standard of touch and carnival atmosphere. The nomination form is attached and be quick as the tournament is limited to 24 teams and it fills up quickly!Once again this is a very popular tournament and fills very quickly and I encourage everyone to enter a team and join the fun is the sun. More information can be found at the Touch Football SA website and the nomination form can be downloaded below.Related Filesentry_form_colley_reserve-pdflast_img read more

Infrastructure Development Key to Tourism’s Sustainability – Minister Bartlett

first_img Mr. Bartlett noted that both agencies are committed to boosting Jamaica’s tourism product, pointing out that many programmes have been implemented that are geared towards beautifying the main resorts and public thoroughfares; training tourism workers, with emphasis on “high touch service”, in pursuit of excellence; and enhancing the safety and comfort of visitors and locals. “The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) are critical to this mandate. Both agencies work with our many partners to diversify and improve the various offerings in terms of attractions, accommodation, entertainment, shopping, cuisine and service,” the Minister said while speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the tourism industry’s sustainability rests to a great extent on investment in extensive infrastructure development and the sector’s modernisation. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the tourism industry’s sustainability rests to a great extent on investment in extensive infrastructure development and the sector’s modernisation.He said it is against this background that the Ministry and its agencies are working diligently to provide a product with services meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of visitors and industry partners through projects like the $550-million Hampden Wharf development in Falmouth, for which ground was broken on March 16.“The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) are critical to this mandate. Both agencies work with our many partners to diversify and improve the various offerings in terms of attractions, accommodation, entertainment, shopping, cuisine and service,” the Minister said while speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony.Mr. Bartlett noted that both agencies are committed to boosting Jamaica’s tourism product, pointing out that many programmes have been implemented that are geared towards beautifying the main resorts and public thoroughfares; training tourism workers, with emphasis on “high touch service”, in pursuit of excellence; and enhancing the safety and comfort of visitors and locals.In this regard, he said the overall plan for Falmouth, in particular, is to build out the town and port infrastructure to enhance the visitor experience, “so that when cruise ships dock, there are compelling reasons for (passengers) to disembark”.To this end, Mr. Bartlett welcomed the collaboration involving the Ministry, Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and Urban Development Corporation (UDC) on the Hampden Wharf development, which he said “will transform the town of Falmouth”.Mr. Bartlett said the project, which is being financed by the TEF, will include an extension of the port; restaurants; an entertainment centre; shops; landscaped areas; paved walkways; story boards; and adaptive reuse of historic buildings such as the Dome Foundry and Tharpe House, reflecting a “rich mix of retail establishments, local eateries, craft and history”.Additionally, he said the development “will create jobs, generate income and raise living standard, which is good for the local economy and the town’s residents”.Mr. Bartlett said the TEF and its partners are also undertaking the $279.9-million Falmouth Streetscape Project, which entails infrastructural works to provide safe and accessible sidewalks; and improved drainage and sewerage systems, and lighting, complemented by effective traffic management.He advised that work on Harbour Lane, Market Street and Falmouth Street has been completed, and that the rehabilitation of Tharpe Street has commenced and is slated for completion during the second quarter of the 2018/19 fiscal year.last_img read more

Liberals say they are looking at ways to provide minimum income to

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals haven’t shut the door on a guaranteed-income program in their search for ways to help workers adapt to an unsteady and shifting labour market.In separate interviews, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos appear warmer to the idea than they have before, when they argued the Canada Child Benefit, among other measures, amounts to a guaranteed minimum income.A guaranteed minimum income at its core is a no-strings-attached payment governments provide instead of an assortment of targeted benefits.Trudeau says it’s one of the tools the government is looking at to help Canadians who are struggling.Duclos says the current suite of federal programs could one day be enhanced to provide a minimum income of sorts to all Canadians, particularly those without children who aren’t eligible for federal family or seniors benefits.However, both are clear that the federal government won’t step in to revive a minimum-income pilot project Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government cancelled shortly after coming to office.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

eBay Founder Donates 500000 To Refugee Support In South Sudan

first_imgeBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam have donated US$500,000 to UNHCR’s emergency operation for tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan.Pam Omidyar said she and her husband, who created the eBay auction site in 1995, had been inspired to help on a personal level after hearing about a visit in July to UNHCR-run refugee camps in South Sudan by three members of The Elders, a grouping of respected international figures dedicated to promoting peace and human rights.Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, both Nobel Peace Prize laureates, together with Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, met Sudanese refugees during a visit to Yusuf Batil Camp in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state. The distinguished visitors said they had come to show solidarity with the forcibly displaced.Pam Omidyar said the couple, who have long supported efforts to bring peace to the region, were also compelled to act “at a humanitarian level” by the displacement crisis over the past year in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.“Our donation to UNHCR is intended to provide urgent assistance to alleviate human suffering, while we continue to address the root causes of the forced displacement of people,” she said. The Omidyars hope their donation will spur further giving from individuals, corporations and foundations.“Gifts like this have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of refugees on the ground. We are tremendously grateful for the consistent support from the Omidyars. They can be assured that their gift will help save the lives of some of the most vulnerable in South Sudan,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s representative in the United States.Since June last year, tens of thousands of people have fled fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North and sought sanctuary in South Sudan, which only gained independence last year. Their needs are great and UNHCR staff are working around-the-clock to provide protection and assistance. The health of children is a particular concern, with 15 per cent of those under five in Yusuf Batil camp suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The refugee agency has called on donors to provide US$219 for its Sudan emergency operation this year. To date, only a third of this amount has been pledged, leaving UNHCR with serious funding challenges.The Omidyars are known for their philanthropy. The couple have contributed more than US$1 billion to causes ranging from poverty alleviation to human rights to disaster relief.To learn more about their work, go to read more

ICC announces star-studded commentary line-up for WC

first_imgNew Delhi: The International Cricket Council announced a star-studded lineup of commentators for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. The complete list has a total of 24 names and it includes Michael Clarke, who was captain when Australia lifted the trophy in the previous edition of the tournament. Harsha Bhogle, Sanjay Manjrekar and Sourav Ganguly are the Indian commentators for the mega event. Kumar Sangakkara, who recently became the first-ever non-British president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, is the only Sri Lankan commentator. Pakistan’s Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja, and Bangladesh’s Athar Ali Khan are also part of the panel. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Brendon McCullum, who captained New Zealand to a runners-up finish in the 2015 tournament, is also part of the commentary panel. Regional broadcasters are also expected to add to the list of names. Full list of commentators for 2019 World Cup squad: Nasser Hussain, Michael Clarke, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Melanie Jones, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Alison Mitchell, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith, Wasim Akram, Shaun Pollock, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ian Smith, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan and Ian Ward.last_img read more

AARP chief How living to 100 changes our ideas about aging

Jo Ann Jenkins is the CEO of AARP, the world’s largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization. AARP is focused on helping people “improve their quality of life” as they age; it has more than 38 million members.Jenkins joined AARP in 2010 and became CEO in 2014. Previously she was chief operating officer at the Library of Congress, one of her many roles in public service. She is the author of “Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age,” a book about changing society’s views on aging. She is the first woman to be named CEO of AARP on a permanent basis.Answers are edited for length and clarity.Q: AARP focuses on people over 50, what a massive slice of the population.A: It is a huge population, over 110 million people over the age of 50 in the U.S. alone.We call this the longevity economy, meaning that people over the age of 50 are actually contributing more than $7.6 trillion dollars in annual economic activity. In fact, if this cohort were a country — based on its economic value — it would be number three behind the US and China. People over the age of 50 do spend an awful lot and contribute a lot to the economy: 51 cents of every dollar spent by someone in the US is spent by the person over the age of 50.Q: And that money, what are they spending it on?A: They usually are spending it on the same kind of things as millennials: home, entertainment and health care. I would put those three things at the top of their list.Q: Something you talk about in your book is challenging outdated beliefs about retirement and aging. What do you see as some of the most common misconceptions?A: A generation ago, middle age was 40. Certainly middle age has moved up to the 50s and 60s. Think about it — a 10-year-old child today has a 50% chance of living to be 104.So if you look at the 100 year lifespan, how do we start changing that perception of aging? How do we think about life if in fact 50% of us may soon be living to be 100? How do we rethink adolescence? How do we rethink work? Do we really have to stay in one place for 30 years like our parents did? Or are we going to have three and four totally different careers over the course of a lifetime?So the book is about shattering those outdated beliefs and stereotypes — even the idea that everybody wants to retire at 62.I think what we’re seeing is that in fact, close to 40 per cent of our members say they want to continue working past traditional retirement age — either because they want to or because they need to. And we know that people who continue to work or even volunteer can live longer than people who don’t.So all those misperceptions of what people want when they retire or what they want to do in their older life I think is being totally torn apart by the idea that people are going to live longer, healthier — and hopefully in better financial shape — than they had in the past.Q: Speaking of financial shape, retirement savings — or the lack of — is a huge concern. What do you see as a priority to help ensure that everyone doesn’t spend their old age in poverty?A: Well that’s exactly why we hope that people are saving their own money, that hopefully they have a pension or 401(k) at their place of work and that they’re not solely dependent on Social Security because we think you have to have all three of those.And right now we are in the middle of this huge fight to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. We know the older you get, the more prescription drugs you take. And the fact is that some people are spending 30%, 40% of their retirement income on the cost of prescription drugs that they depend on. It’s one of those things that really cuts back on their financial security.Also, when Social Security was put in place, people were retiring earlier and living shorter lives. It’s all the more reason we need to address these issues of Social Security solvency and also adequacy so that it’s here for not just our generation but generations to come.Q: What drew you to this job? You’ve got plenty of background in D.C. but what drew you to this niche?A: I’ve always worked in jobs that are focused on giving back and helping others, whether it’s in government service or in the private sector. And AARP had asked me if I would come to head up their charitable arm, which focuses on low income and vulnerable individuals. After two years I was asked to come to AARP the parent to be the chief operating officer and then 18 months later to be the CEO.So when I came to AARP, my intention was to be running the foundation for a long, long time. But you know I’m here in the CEO position and I love the work that AARP is doing. And I tell the staff all the time that I get excited to come to work every day knowing the impact we can have. Not many people get to work in a job that they love and so I find myself fortunate to be in this position.My message is really how do we start looking at aging in a positive way? For many of us it’s our own perception of aging that is the bigger problem than societal reflection of it.I know for me, I’m living at 61 very different than my parents lived when they were 61. And we are all still in the workplace and we’re all being very productive and I think that what’s important is that this age cohort is living very differently and contributing to society and is not just being a burden in terms of their cost, but they really are the backbone of the economic activity in the U.S.Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press read more

Sir Michael Wilshaw Bringing back grammar schools is tosh and nonsense

first_imgHe said: “If grammar schools are the great answer, why aren’t there more of them in London?”If they are such a good thing for poor children, then why are poor children here in the capital doing so much better than their counterparts in those parts of the country that operate selection?”I appreciate that many grammar schools do a fine job in equipping their students with an excellent education.”But we all know that their record of admitting children from non-middle-class backgrounds is pretty woeful.”Bring back grammar schoolsAccording to latest figures from the National Grammar Schools Association, England has 164 state-funded fully selective schools, while Northern Ireland has 69.The creation of new grammar schools was outlawed by the Tony Blair administration.But reports last month suggested the Prime Minister was considering sanctioning around 20 institutions in mainly working class areas in an effort to improve social mobility.The idea of bringing back grammar schools has also been backed by many. Graham Brady,  MP for Altrincham and Sale West and Chairman of the 1922 Committee, has led calls to end the ban.He said: “If we believe in choice and variety in education and we are driven only by what works, how can we maintain the statutory ban on new selective schools?” 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. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, has said the idea of bringing back grammar schools is “tosh and nonsense” and would be a “profoundly retrograde step”.The head of Ofsted said the selective model – long favoured by many Conservatives – would fail the poorest children.Reports have suggested Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is getting ready to bring back grammars.The plans have received the endorsement of influential corners of the Tory Party.Last month GCSE results in Northern Ireland saw a boost in performance compared to England thanks partly to its grammar school system.But Sir Michael, who is due to leave his post after five years this autumn, said: “The notion that the poor stand to benefit from the return of grammar schools strikes me as quite palpable tosh and nonsense – and is very clearly refuted by the London experience.”center_img If we believe in choice and variety in education and we are driven only by what works, how can we maintain the statutory ban on new selective schools?Graham Brady, MPlast_img read more

Motorist killed after losing control of motorcar

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOne dead, another in critical condition in Berbice smash upApril 10, 2014In “Crime”Berbice biker dies after crashing into pedestrianAugust 19, 2019In “Crime”Pedestrian killed in accident on Berbice roadMarch 16, 2018In “Crime” A Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice (WCB) man has lost his life early Sunday morning after the motorcar he was driving turned turtle along the Experiment Public Road, West Coast Berbice.The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Yognarine Jaggit Of Lot 3 ‘D’ Bath Settlement, WCB.The car that the now dead man was driving at the time of his demiseBased on information received, the man was driving at a fast rate when he lost control of the vehicle.The vehicle reportedly toppled several times and came to a halt on the other side of the roadway.The injured man was pulled from the wreckage in an unconscious state and rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital where he was treated and transferred to New Amsterdam but subsequently succumbed.An investigation was launched into the fatal accident. read more


first_imgThis month’s Spotlight Feature Article focuses on mine safety. One aspect of this is fire safety: many vehicles are being brought back online after years sat idle during the downturn. This has created an urgency to ensure machines – from haul trucks, wheel loaders and draglines to graders, scoop trams and shuttle cars – are properly fitted with effective fire suppression solutions.last_img

Kerry County Council to vote on samesex marriage

first_imgCOUNCILLORS IN KERRY will be asked to back a motion supporting marriage equality at its next monthly meeting.The motion was tabled by Labour Councillor Gillian Wharton-Slattery following approaches from people in the local gay community.“They talked to me about how other councils had tabled and passed similar motions,” she told “And they asked why it hadn’t been done here too.”Cork City Council were the first to carry the landmark motion in July 2012. It was soon followed by Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Waterford City Council. A number of senior politicians, including Leo Varadkar, Alan Shatter and several Labour TDs, have all said they are in favour of the introduction of same-sex marriage.Despite support from the majority of political parties, Wharton-Slattery is fearful that people will break from the party line.“It is an individual choice at the end of the day. I haven’t lobbied fellow councillors as I will let the democratic process exist in the chamber. People will make up their own minds. I have a sneaky feeling it could be in trouble getting through.”However, she remains “cautiously hopeful”.“I would be delighted for the 5.5 per cent of the population of Kerry that are gay for the motion to go through. We will have marriage equality eventually in this country. It would be nice to see what different councillors have to say on the matter.”The vote will be taken late on Monday afternoon.Last year, some 965 civil partnerships were registered in Ireland but any legislation to provide for same-sex marriage will require a referendum of the Irish people. The issue is due to be discussed during by the Constitutional Convention this year. The Taoiseach has previously declined to express a solid view on the matter.Earlier this month, British politicians approved a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales.Poll: Should Ireland legalise same-sex marriage?last_img read more

Repairing mental health system high on lawmakers minds

first_imgIn the weeks leading up to the 2019 Washington legislative session, lawmakers’ do-to lists only got longer.During the 105-day “long session” that begins Monday, legislators were already expected to perform the heavy lift of hammering out two-year operating, transportation and capital budgets that fund state government.In anticipation of the session, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who is eyeing a presidential bid, laid out his own ambitious plans to address the state’s opioid crisis, promote clean energy, expand health care and overhaul the state’s troubled mental health system. He also rolled out his proposed $54.4 billion budget that included a new capital gains tax and business tax hikes that he said are needed to meet the state’s constitutional and moral obligations.After expanding their majority to 28-21 in the Senate and 57-41 in the House following the November election, legislative Democrats have also signaled their priorities on affordable housing, health care and other issues.The party’s ascendant position in the Legislature is good news for the three Democrats in Clark County’s delegation. And while this session might look like a tough environment for the GOP, local Republican lawmakers, who dominate Clark County’s delegation, said they won’t pursue any sweeping ideological legislation. Instead, they’ll work on narrowly focused, bipartisan bills while also playing defense on new taxes and regulations.“We are working for Clark County as a delegation,” said state Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver. “And we will continue to work with (Democrats) even though we are in the minority.”last_img read more

Fabio Borini says he is ready to become a star for

first_imgRight-back player Fabio Borini says he is prepared to shine as a ‘star’ for Milan after affirming he has  “proved worthy” of the Rossoneri shirt and that he is won’t be leaving to nowhere.Borini entered Milan from Sunderland last summer and ever since has become a jack-of-all-trades for the Diavolo. He has made 44 appearances in his usual striking position, out wide and even at right-back. On speaking about his future in Milan, he told Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia that he is ready to become a star for Milan.“My balance sheet for the past season is absolutely positive,” he said.“The expectations for me weren’t very high, but I think I proved to be worthy of the Milan shirt.“I think I did good things, despite not playing in my natural role most of the time. I’d like to play and not be just a pawn.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I plan to carve out a starring role. I’m not at Milan just to hole up for the winter but to get back to playing regularly.“I’m waiting for revenge with Juventus in the Supercopa. Playing in the first half of August could benefit us, if the Coach doesn’t kill us in preseason…“My dream is to win a trophy with this shirt, and the Supercoppa would be an excellent start to more important ones.“Exodus at Milan? For me, certainly not. Generally speaking, I don’t think so. [UEFA] could be a situation that brings us even closer together.“After that, excuse me but where would I run to? We’re at Milan after all…”last_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of June 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, June 12, 6pmThursday, June 14, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonPianist Ricky LauriaThursday, June 14, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, June 15, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonToe Jam Puppet Band Summer Reading Kickoff EventSaturday, June 16, 11am-noonWilmington Memorial Library175 Middlesex Avenue, WilmingtonKick off our summer reading program with Toe Jam!! Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along with Toe Jam as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and interactive storytelling. Get ready for a Car Wash, watch out for the Flying Laundry and be prepared to laugh with glee, Toe Jam style! All ages. Register HERE.NOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks?  Let me know at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of June 24, 2018)In “Community”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of March 25, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

Scientists build a selfhealing stretchable electronic skin

first_img 0 Share your voice Tags National University of Singapore The jellyfish — a transparent, gelatinous blob that fills the world’s oceans — doesn’t inherently seem like much of an inspirational creature. But don’t tell the scientists at the National University of Singapore that. They’ve been inspired by the humble, transparent invertebrates to build their latest creation: a self-healing, stretchable, touch-sensitive electronic skin that could be used to develop soft robots and various human-machine communication interfaces.”We wondered how we could make an artificial material that could mimic the water-resistant nature of jellyfishes and yet also be touch sensitive,” said Benjamin Tee, lead researcher on the study, in a press release. Post a comment The details of Tee’s new creation were published in Nature Electronics on February 15. The “gel-like, aquatic, stretchable, self-healing electronic skin” is being dubbed GLASSES, for short.By mixing an elastic plastic with a fluorine-rich ionic liquid into a gel, Tee and his research team created a transparent skin that is able to “self-heal” and operate in wet environments, something that previous gels — such as hydrogels used in tissue engineering — were not able to do.”What makes our material different is that it can retain its shape in both wet and dry surroundings. It works well in sea water and even in acidic or alkaline environments,” Tee said.If the skin is cut or torn, the team demonstrated that it could actively regain electrical conductivity within minutes — and stitch itself back together within days. Bet that would make the jellyfish jealous.And the material is also conductive, which means that it can respond to touching, stretching and straining. These forces change the electrical properties of the skin and by measuring those changes, the skin could become a viable way to create various sensors that would respond to touch.Playing a game of snake on the GLASSES National University of Singapore The researchers suggest this could facilitate new methods of interaction with soft robots, an emerging field of robotics concerned with constructing robots from more malleable and pliant materials than solid metal — like those used in Boston Dynamics’ twerking robo-dog Spot. The researchers showed off GLASSES touch-sensitivity with a simple game of classic mobile game Snake.And a self-healing skin may have positive effects on the environment, too, erasing the necessity for replacement. If we aren’t recycling our electronic goods, we are throwing them out — with more than 40 million tons of e-waste produced each year. Tee sees an opportunity there.”We are hoping to create a future where electronic devices made from intelligent materials can perform self-repair functions to reduce the amount of electronic waste in the world,” he said.center_img Originally published 8:24 p.m. PTUpdate 9:16 p.m. PT: Corrected name of National University of Singapore 33 Photos The wildest things Google owns (pictures) Sci-Techlast_img read more

Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur seeks Rs 2000 crore grant for

first_imgNEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Tuesday met Finance Commission Chairman N K Singh and sought a Rs 2,000-crore special purpose grant to construct an international airport in the Mandi district. Thakur said the Airports Authority of India has completed a technical survey related to obstacle limitation surfaces at Nagchala in the Mandi district and discussions are on for construction of airport fit for the operation of wide-bodied aircraft. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The chief minister requested Singh to consider state-specific grants for infrastructure development in various sectors and railway expansion, an official release said. During the meeting, Thakur said the state is vulnerable to natural disasters, such as flash floods, cloudbursts, forest fires, droughts, cold waves and avalanches, and, therefore, there is a need to enhance the size of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us He requested the Commission that SDRF is funded 100 per cent by the Central government. The state needed to be compensated for the externalities arising from environment conservation and forest protection, he added. Thakur requested the Commission to recommend adequate revenue deficit grants so that not only the deficit is neutralised but the state also has adequate revenue surplus to fund a part of the capital expenditure. The chief minister was accompanied by a team of senior state officials.last_img read more

Spot Shortages Of Antiviral Drugs Seen As Flu Season Drags On

first_imgDavid Goldman/APPeople 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu, says this government poster on display in a health center in Decatur, Ga.The peak of the flu season could still be several weeks away, federal health officials cautioned Friday.“We may be on track to break some recent records,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all states are still reporting widespread flu activity, with less severe reports only coming from Oregon and Hawaii.“Flu is incredibly difficult to predict and we don’t know if we’ve hit the peak yet,” Schuchat said in a call with reporters. “We could still see several more weeks of increased activity.”Health officials don’t directly count flu cases and deaths for the general population. They do track deaths among children, which climbed to a total of 63 for this season.Another measure is the percentage of deaths attributed to flu or pneumonia, which often accompanies influenza. Last week, 1 in 10 of all deaths reported in the United States were caused by flu or pneumonia.The rate of flu activity is similar to the rate in 2009, which was the last flu pandemic, “though that doesn’t mean we’re having a pandemic,” Schuchat said.The strain of flu known as H3N2 remains the dominant form circulating in the United States. It’s a particularly severe strain that isn’t easily stopped by the current vaccine.Two other strains are on the rise, however, and they generally cause milder symptoms. They’re also more likely to be blocked by the flu vaccine. So, Schuchat said, it’s still not too late to get vaccinated.The CDC recommends antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu or the generic version called oseltamivir, for vulnerable populations hit by flu. Those groups include young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with heart or lung disease.There are spot shortages of the antiviral drugs, Schuchat said. People seeking them may need to call multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions.The CDC has been working with insurers and pharmacies to alleviate those shortages and to make brand-name drugs available at a lower cost when generics aren’t available.“I wish there were better news this week,” Schuchat said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more