Lack of sexual health information for men is the main problem -Professor Green

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews Lack of sexual health information for men is the main problem -Professor Green by: – October 21, 2011 Image via: menhealthtips.comThe lack of information for men about sexual health has been highlighted as one of the main problems affecting the male population.Dominican Professor, Laura Serrant-Green, made the remarks while delivering a Public Lecture on the topic “Men’s Sexual Health: an Essential Part of their Mental Health” at the UWI Open Campus last night.She says men are at a disadvantage in maintaining proper sexual health.“The essential elements of good sexual health are equitable relationships. It includes sexual fulfillment -in whatever way you want it to be-and it also includes access to information so that you can avoid the risk of unintended pregnancy, illness or disease. We all have a right under the world health organization to have access to equal information. Where is the information for men?” she questioned.According to her, there is no information for men.“If we were in a situation where we had laws and status and policies which said men’s health is as important as women’s health, if we had promotional advertisements on the television I would say that there are things in place but doctors are not giving the information. But they don’t exists,” she said.Professor Serrant-Green believes that women are given the priority over men and that must change. The lecture was the Dominica Nurses Association as a method of educating citizens of Dominica on their health. This is in keeping with its belief that the health of a nation is a major contribution to its social, economic and educational growth and development.Professor Serrant-Green who was this year’s feature speaker at the Dominica State College’s 9th Commencement Ceremony is one of only 10 black professors in the United Kingdom. She is a nurse by profession and is of Dominican parentage, her parents being from St. Joseph.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

QPR boss ‘to make £3m bid for Aston Villa keeper’

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is set to make a £3m bid for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given this week, The Sun and The Daily Telegraph report.Hughes wants a new keeper.The Telegraph say that although the likes of Robert Green and Ben Foster have been considered as possible signings, Given is Hughes’ preferred option – but Villa are likely to reject the offer.The Sun claim Given is unhappy at Villa and would welcome a move.Related West London Sport story: Hughes to make Villa an offer for Given (21 May)Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say QPR are interested in Celtic’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.The Mail also say Chelsea have agreed contract terms with Roberto Di Matteo, who is close to being confirmed as the club’s manager, and that he will defnitely be given more than a one-year deal.The Guardian believe Di Matteo will sign a one-year contract with the option of a further year, while The Sun say he will be given a two-year deal.Related West London Sport story: Blues set to install Di Matteo as manager  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

One million jobs in four years

first_imgCage assistants Moeketsi Momlekoa andNdlaka Mtano at the shaft at Harmony Gold Mine in Welkom, Free State. The Expanded Public Works Programme aims to give the jobless short-term work that will train them in the skills they need tofind permanent employment. (Image:Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), set up by the South African government in 2004 to fight poverty by using existing government budgets to create jobs in labour-intensive projects, has reached one of its major goals a full year ahead of schedule – it has created over a million new job opportunities.In his State of the Nation address in 2003 President Thabo Mbeki announced the new initiative, aimed at drawing at least 1-million jobless people into productive work between 2004 and 2009. Of those, 40% would be women, 30% would be youth and 2% would be disabled.The EPWP arose out of the 2003 Growth and Development Summit, which explored the causes of unemployment. The programme is the major instrument of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) poverty alleviation strategy, working as a bridge between South Africa’s formal and informal economies.The EPWP has two major components: creating employment using labour-intensive methods, and giving people skills they can use to find jobs when their work in the EPWP is done.Although the projects have a limited lifespan, the main focus is on skills development and access to work, which allows the previously unemployed to take their first steps into the job market.Making an impactIn her annual budget speech in parliament in May 2008, Minister of Public Works Thoko Didiza said the target of a million jobs had been reached by the end of April. Exactly 1 077 801 work opportunities had been created, way ahead of the March 2009 deadline.The EPWP had also surpassed its targets for women and youth, who made up 47% and 40% respectively of those employed.Didiza cited examples of the impact the EPWP has had on the lives of ordinary South Africans. One is Samuel Mangena of Limpopo, a former farmworker who, with the help of the EPWP, brought two acres of land under cultivation, growing tomatoes and other crops. He is now so successful he is able to employ six workers full-time and another 10 seasonally. “Such a daring spirit of entrepreneurial adventure should be an inspiration to the country,” said Didiza.She also mentioned the Siyazenzela waste management project, which combines job creation with care for the environment. In the programme, modelled after one used in Curituba, Brazil, poor households collect garbage from their neighbourhoods and exchange it for food vouchers and groceries. Piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, the programme is to be rolled out to other provinces.“The majority of participants in the Expanded Public Works Programme have earned income during their involvement,” said Didiza, “which made it possible for them to support their families and invest in entrepreneurial activities that have become sustainable after they exited the programme. This has been possible because of the limited training they received while working in the various projects.”She highlighted the Kamoso Awards, initiated in 2007 to reward municipalities, provinces, and other public bodies that showed excellence in implementing the infrastructure component of EPWP in their regions. It was later expanded to include the economy, environment, and social interventions. The awards were presented in July 2008.“The EPWP has been very effective in reaching the target of 1-million work opportunities a year ahead of schedule,” the minister said. “However, we recognise that given the state of unemployment in the country, the EPWP needs to be significantly bigger.”Because of this, says EPWP chief director Ismail Akhalwaya, the programme’s targets may be revised, one of which may be the creation of 1.5-million job opportunities every year by 2014.Phase twoThe second phase of the EPWP, set to launch in March 2009, will include targets up to 2014. The DPW has studied similar systems in Argentina and India and is hoping to introduce some of those methods into phase two.The Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which guarantees 100 days of work annually to at least one unskilled and unemployed person in a rural household where no one has a job, is one of the strategies studied by the DPW. This and other initiatives were on the agenda at the International Labour Organisation’s 12th regional seminar on promoting labour-intensive practices, held in November 2007 in Durban.The use of legislation to address unemployment is still a much-discussed topic, with some experts saying it could increase social dependence and corruption. On the other hand, those in favour argue that the legal route would overcome current objections regarding the temporary nature of EPWP jobs, and would cost up to R30-billion annually in wages compared with the R3-billion currently disbursed – making a far greater impact on poverty.Also under consideration is the potential contribution to the EPWP of non-state institutions such as NGOs and community-based organisations, as well as the private sector and its large number of corporate social responsibility projects.The Business Trust, an association of local companies that works with government to create jobs and provide skills training, already participates in the EPWP, committing R100-million for the programme’s first five years.The EPWP is specifically looking at proposals that will halve the number of unemployed by 2014, said Didiza, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Under this international programme governments and organisations around the world are working to reduce poverty and provide unemployment for all, including women and the youth, by 2015.Unfortunately, only 14% of EPWP beneficiaries have found permanent jobs afterwards. But Akhalwaya says this problem will be addressed. “The EPWP is an ongoing programme,” he said, “and for phase two we will make the necessary changes to its design, including training and exit strategies, that will improve its ability to deliver on its objectives.”Poor-quality training is another problem the second phase will attempt to solve. “We are using the remainder of the period to address some of the challenges, and to lay out a much larger programme for the next five years,” he said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSocial development in South AfricaDrive to create a million jobsUseful linksExpanded Public Works ProgrammeDepartment of Public WorksThe Business TrustMillennium Development Goalslast_img read more

Goa murder victim was raped

first_imgThe Goa police on Thursday pressed charges of rape against the accused in the murder of 28-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin in Canacona in south Goa. A post-mortem conducted at the State-owned Goa Medical College Hospital near here confirmed that the victim was raped.A brutal murderUmesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police incharge of the Crime Branch, told The Hindu on Thursday evening that the post-mortem report had confirmed cranio cerebral damage and constriction of neck as the reasons for death. “Rape was also confirmed,” Mr. Gaonkar said.Vikat Bhagat, a local history-sheeter and prime suspect in the case, was arrested by Goa police on Tuesday night. Bhagat has been remanded in police custody for seven days till March 21.The naked body of McLaughlin was found in a field around 150 metres from the main road at Devbag in Canacona on Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Tata-Centre deal to boost development in Gadchiroli

first_imgThe Union Ministry of Home Affairs has signed a pact with Mumbai-based Tata Trusts, under which the trust will provide technical support to speed up the development process of the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.The pact has been signed as part of the Centre’s Aspirational Districts Programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, under which 115 districts have been identified and are being encouraged to catch up with the ‘best’ districts within their respective States on 49 different development performance indicators. As per this plan, the Tata Trusts will deploy two trained researchers or ‘Development Fellows’ to the district, who will assist the local administration in implementing government as well as non-governmental development projects in a cohesive manner. A statement from the Tata Trusts on Thursday said that its engagement in Gadchiroli will be similar to its ongoing participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other rural upliftment programmes in the State.Gadchiroli is situated in the south-eastern part of Maharashtra and is known for its dense forests. The district has seen sporadic violence due to the presence of left-wing extremism, which affects access to official development programmes in some parts.last_img read more

From Gander to Broadway The journey of Canadian hit musical Come From

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – As a theatre producer in Toronto, Michael Rubinoff was always on the lookout for stories that would translate into musicals. He found unexpected inspiration in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.The remote East Coast town of Gander, N.L., saw its population double in size as it provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew members from 38 planes after U.S. airspace was closed. Reports about the hospitality shown by the people in Gander and surrounding communities immediately struck a chord.“Every time I saw one of these stories, I just got very emotional. I felt so proud to consider myself a Canadian alongside these incredible Newfoundlanders,” Rubinoff recalled.“As I learned more about the stories out there, (in) Newfoundland the way they tell stories are through music. Music is so much a part of their DNA and who they are. I really believed there was a compelling story and a compelling reason to musical-ize it.”Rubinoff’s idea would eventually lead to the unlikely success story “Come From Away,” the feel-good musical that’s up for seven Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical.But finding the writers to tell the story was a challenge.“I went to a number of people who didn’t share my enthusiasm, I think because of the subject matter and the backdrop of that day, people didn’t see how this was possible. I’m so grateful my paths crossed with David Hein and Irene Sankoff.”Rubinoff was sold on the husband-and-wife duo after seeing their acclaimed show “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” based on real-life events in Hein’s life.“I remember within 10 minutes turning to the person I came with … and said: ‘This is incredible.’ I was so impressed by the authenticity of telling a true story.”Rubinoff sent a Facebook message to the couple and met them for dinner a few weeks later, where he told them about wanting to find someone to write the musical about the events in Gander. They were on-board.Rubinoff was in the midst of taking up his role as associate dean of visual and performing arts at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., which would ultimately serve as a key stop in the musical’s storybook journey from Newfoundland and Labrador to Broadway.One of Rubinoff’s strategic objectives at the school was to launch the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) and he committed to Sankoff and Hein that the Gander musical would be among the first shows Sheridan would produce.Rubinoff also wrote a letter in support of a Canada Council grant to get the couple to Gander for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, where they got to experience the warm welcome Newfoundlanders had extended to the stranded passengers and crew in 2001.“We would check in every couple of days and they would say, ‘Oh, we just moved out the hotel —someone gave us their house and said take care of the cats,’” he recalled.“They were being the recipients of this outpouring of kindness and they came back with stacks and stacks and stacks of interviews and materials and stories, and set about this challenge of how to tell 9,000 stories of the locals and 7,000 stories of the people that showed up on 38 planes.”The working title of the show was originally “Gander,” but after Sankoff and Hein returned from their time there they felt the moniker wasn’t the right fit.“They didn’t want to call it ‘Gander’ because there were a number of communities involved. Lewisporte, Appleton, Norris Arm, Gambo, Glenwood, they all played a very significant role,” Rubinoff said.“They were exposed to the term ‘come from away’ (about out-of-towners) and how the plane people were called ‘come from aways.’”The name stuck.In the spring of 2012, Rubinoff paired the duo with a cast of Sheridan students and brought in a director and musical director. The goal was to produce 45 minutes of the show in five weeks.“I usually like to come in at the rehearsal at the end of the first week … and I’ll never forget hearing the opening number ‘Welcome to the Rock’ and that refrain: ‘I’m an islander, I’m an islander,’ and (thinking) ‘Wow! This is grabbing my heart in the same way the story did initially.’”Rubinoff decided to house the initial performances of the show in the rehearsal hall to lower expectations for the fledgling musical.“I think on the first night, I put out 35 chairs. On the second night, 45. And then 60. And on the next night, 75 — and we could not fit any more people in this room,” he recalled.“People were just grabbed by what they had created. The emotional heart, the structure of the show was beginning to be built, and it was really, really compelling.”Sheridan graduate Adrian Zeyl was cast in several roles including the story’s bartender, rabbi, and Doug, the air traffic controller.Although it’s now a 100-minute show with no intermission, Zeyl recalled the emotional wallop delivered at the end of Act 1 during the musical’s early days.“We had no idea what we were getting into; we just knew the title of the show, basically, and we all left just crying at the end of just the first act,” Zeyl recalled. “I remember speaking to the writers and just gushing about it and (saying) ‘Just please, please, please continue what you’re doing…. We knew it was going somewhere. I don’t think anyone (could) say, ‘This will have seven Tony nominations.’ Obviously, it was beautiful work.”Rubinoff encouraged Sankoff and Hein to keep working on “Come From Away,” which was programmed as a developmental production at Sheridan in early 2013.The show was then submitted for consideration to the Festival of New Musicals, organized by the New York-based National Alliance for Musical Theatre. It was the same festival where Canadian musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” also found its commercial producers. “The Drowsy Chaperone” went on to pick up 13 Tony nominations, including a nod for best musical, and won five awards including best book of a musical and best original score.“Come From Away” was among eight shows that made the cut. In October 2013, a 45-minute showcase was staged for an invite-only crowd of producers, regional theatres and academic institutions that create new musicals.“People just reacted so emotionally,” said Rubinoff. “I think there were people who felt ‘I don’t know what this is, I don’t know if I want to see this, I don’t know if I’m ready to see this’ — and there was again just an outpouring of gratitude.”Sankoff and Hein opted to partner with Tony-winning Junkyard Dog Productions as lead producers on “Come From Away.” Their behind-the-scenes team — including Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley — began to take shape.The musical would eventually be staged in La Jolla, Calif., Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Toronto before its current award-winning run on Broadway. But Rubinoff still sees a slice of Sheridan on whichever stage “Come From Away” is playing.“When I do see the show, I do think of our students, I do think of those moments, the creation, the genesis. It’s really beautiful to see that.”— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the number of airline passengers and crew members who were diverted to Gander, N.L.last_img read more

BC FILM AND TV INDUSTRIES HIT SECOND CONSECUTIVE RECORD YEAR 34 BILLION

first_img Twitter Advertisement British Columbia’s film and TV industry continues its hot streak. For the second consecutive year, B.C. hit another record amount that screen productions have spent in the province.Creative BC announced on July 16 that the number of productions filming in B.C. qualifying for tax-credit certifications rose to 452 (an increase of 34 percent from the previous year) and contributed $3.4 billion to B.C.’s economy in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.The 31.2 percent increase in expenditures shattered the record set by the previous period of 2016-2017, which amassed $2.6 billion from 338 productions. In comparison, 297 productions brought in $1.9 billion for 2015-2016. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Of the 110 feature films shot in the province in 2017-2018, War for the Planet of the Apes was filmed in Vancouver and Tofino (spending $81 million in B.C.) and Deadpool 2, starring Vancouver-raised actor Ryan Reynolds, filmed in Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Victoria (spending over $100 million) and featured recognizable Vancouver locations including Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge.Deadpool 2Other major feature films that have shot in Vancouver and B.C. this past year include The Mountain Between Us (starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba), Skyscraper (starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell), Welcome to Marwen (starring Steve Carrell), Project Gutenberg (starring Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok), Richard Says Goodbye (starring Johnny Depp), Dragged Across Concrete (starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson), and Hard Powder (starring Liam Neeson).Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, was filmed in Vancouver.In B.C., 164 TV series were shot here in the 2017-2018 period. Among the TV shows that have filmed in Vancouver over the last year include A Series of Unfortunate Events, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Exorcist, The Flash, The Good Doctor, Lost in Space, The Magicians, Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, Six, Supergirl, Supernatural, Van Helsing, and The X-Files.RiverdaleThe Reel Thanksgiving Challenge, a fundraiser involving locally shot screen productions such as The Man in the High Castle, raised a record $205,831 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.Several new TV series have chosen to shoot in B.C., including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the Charmed reboot, Altered Carbon, Blue Book, Snowpiercer, and more.Direct industry jobs and labour income made up about $1.78 billion.Meditation ParkWhile foreign productions consisted of 289 projects, 163 B.C.-based productions, which included Meditation Park (starring Sandra Oh) by Vancouver filmmaker Mina Shum, brought in almost $404 million, up by 29 percent from $313 million in the previous year.Although concerns have been raised about foreign productions squeezing out domestic projects amid heightened demand for locations, crews, and resources, the number of B.C.–based productions had grown by 35 percent from 121 productions in 2016-2017. Domestic feature films increased from 24 to 27 projects while domestic TV series rose from 32 to 45.U.S.-Canadian TV coproductions that shot in B.C. include Chesapeake Shores (filmed on Vancouver Island), When Calls the Heart, and Travelers.Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack stars in the Vancouver-shot TV series Travelers.The Vancouver Island North Film Commission unveiled Vancouver Island Film Studios in Parksville, featuring five sound stages, in October 2017.More recently, in June, Burnaby’s Eagle Creek Studios completed the construction of a new 15,000-square-foot sound stage in Kelowna for productions in the Okanagan.Amid an accelerating global demand for content, among the factors contributing to the ongoing industry growth, in addition to the tax credit program, have been a low Canadian dollar; proximity to Los Angeles; well-established animation, visual effects, and post-production industries, as well as local crews and talent; multicultural populations and resources; and diverse locations that cover ocean and shorelines, desert-like regions, forests and mountains, and urban areas.by Craig Takeuchi | THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT Deadpool 2 was one of several film productions shot in B.C. that injected the provincial economy with millions of dollars. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Flood evacuees for eight years Little Saskatchewan residents finally have a place

first_imgInFocusEvery year, many communities across Turtle Island near rivers and lakes brace for the possibility of a spring flood.Often, traditional lands have become flood-prone from man-made dams or diversions or communities were moved onto flood plains by the Canadian government.For Little Saskatchewan First Nation on Lake St. Martin, 255 kilometres north of Winnipeg, it’s meant 20 plus years of being prepared for massive spring flooding.But in 2011, no amount of sandbags could keep back the water back when the Manitoba government made the decision to flood the Interlake region of the province in order to spare Winnipeg from nature’s wrath.They were evacuated and their community was destroyed.“It has a lot of emotional impact, and all the stress you go through, the feeling of being in your own home is not the same and you have to stay somewhere else,” said Muriel Woodford“I was gone over six years. I just recently went back November 2017.”Woodford now has a new home a few kilometers away from her old home, which survived the flood with significant damage but was lost in a brush fire in 2016.Farmland was purchased on higher ground a kilometre from the old town site.Seventy-seven homes have been built and are occupied with 93 more set for this summer.Currently 300 evacuees remain scattered throughout Winnipeg while the new community continues to be built.Bertha Travers is one of them.She has been bounced from hotel to hotel, community to community before landing at an apartment in Winnipeg where she remains while awaiting a new home to replace the beloved one she lost to the flood.She’s been waiting eight years.That evacuation order in the Spring of 2011 still haunts her.“To me, it really traumatized me emotionally because this is the second time in my life, being taken off reserve,” Travers said.“When I was a little girl and I went to residential school, it came right back again. You know the memories, the flashing and it was horrible.”She wasn’t about to be ordered off her reserve again so she stayed and waited. And the waters rose and rose.“It took me until June 14 (2011) when I actually moved. The water was hitting the Jeep wheel wells. I finally got out then and told my dog, I said Chill (my dog), its time to go. ”While the bulk of band members will be back living in their new homes in the new community this summer, having your people displaced all over the province for the better part of a decade, it’s the community itself that needs rebuilding.“What we’ve been trying to do in the past few years is to bring our community and people together,” Councillor Darrell Shorting said.“We hold events such as the Treaty Day, the fishing derbies, we supply meals in the community, we have barbecues,” said Shorting. “We also held meals in Winnipeg, things like that, that bring people together. It won’t resolve all the issues but hopefully bring people together.”But being way from home for year’s changes people and their how they live.  People have become urbanized living away from the community.  Some who left as youth evacuees are now returning as young adults with kids. Many have become accustomed to city life and need to reconnect with their roots.“If you left at 15 years old, you’re now 23 with a family, living in the city of Winnipeg, you can go to any corner store or Walmart,” said Coun. Leroy Thompson, adding the band is building a store to cover a wide variety of needs, along with a gas bar and a church.As of April 23, 2019 the total cost related to the 2011 flood, which affected a handful of other First Nations in the region, was at $190 million and counting, according to Indigenous Services Canada.last_img read more

MARINE FORECAST FOR BAHAMAS TURKS AND CAICOS

first_img Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecast Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6:00AM TUESDAY 06TH JANUARY 2015, ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 1030 UTC.NO WARNINGS…HOWEVER, BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM OR LESSGENERAL SITUATION: A FRONTAL BOUNDARY ACROSS THE EXTREME NORTHERN ISLANDS WILL STALL AND MERGE WITH ANOTHER FRONT MOVING INTO THE ISLANDS BY TOMORROWFOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMASWINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS, FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMESSEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEANWEATHER: FEW ISOLATED SHOWERSFOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECTWINDS: EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS WITH HIGHER GUSTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 4 TO 7 FEETWEATHER: BREEZYMOONSET: 07:44 AM HIGH TIDE: 08:23 AMMOONRISE: 07:10 PM LOW TIDE: 02:50 PM HIGH TIDE: 08:41 PM LOW TIDE: 02:44 AM WED.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 7 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: FEW SCATTERED SHOWERSFORECAST FOR THURSDAYWINDS: NORTHERLY AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSSEAS: 7 TO 10 FEET ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS & TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: WINDY WITH FEW ISOLATED SHOWERSlast_img read more

Jamaica poised to become regions Top Cruise Destination

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, February 8, 2017 – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s hosting of the six largest ships in the world is proof that the island is poised to become the region’s number one cruise destination.Mr. Bartlett, who recently returned from a five-day trip to Nassau, Bahamas, where he attended an important meeting of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Council of Tourism Ministers and Commissioners, said having the world’s largest cruise vessels simultaneously calling on a single destination is a rarity and something of which Jamaicans should be proud.“This speaks of the unwavering support the cruise lines have for Jamaica and our tourism product,” he told JIS News.  “We have to remember that we are in a very competitive region where these ships can go anywhere. There is nothing in the rule book that says they have to come to Jamaica. The fact that we have these large and expensive mega liners calling at our ports should tell us that we have come a long way and should continue to build on our tourism offerings,” he noted further.Currently, the Port of Falmouth is hosting the three largest cruise ships in the world – Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, which are all Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) vessels.  Ocho Rios is hosting the Norwegian Epic, the Norwegian Pearl and the Carnival Vista.  A fourth ship in the RCCL’s Oasis luxury fleet, which is under construction and set to replace Harmony of the Seas as the biggest ship in the world, could be added to Jamaica’s itinerary in November 2018.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Falmouth Port, which is easily the largest in the region, has the capacity to accommodate all the Oasis class vessels.  “Popular destinations like the Cayman Islands, where at best the ships would have to be tendered, can make no such claim.  The onus is now on us to create the kind of environment where we can fully capitalize on having these large vessels calling on our ports,” he pointed out.The Tourism Minister said the beautification work being carried out in Falmouth is very important, adding that “we have to ensure that the people of Falmouth also benefit from what is happening in the town.  We also have to ensure that when the visitors get off the ships their expectations of a day in Jamaica are fully realized,” he added.  “We want to see them walking the streets and interacting freely. It is very important that we make their stay as enjoyable as possible where they can become future stopover visitors,” he said.The work in Falmouth, being carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), includes cleaning, landscaping, planting of flowers, social and community outreach, and the enforcement of public-order statutes.  Minister Bartlett noted the recent meeting with cruise line owners in Miami, led by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “a turning point” for the island’s cruise sector.“That was the meeting where Mickey Arison, the owner of Carnival Cruises, the biggest cruise line in the world, made the point that it was the first time he could recall having a Jamaican Prime Minister attending one of their meetings and also the importance of having discussions at that level,” Mr. Bartlett explained.   “I personally left that meeting knowing that the onus is now on us to deliver and not to disappoint,” he added. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

BAHAMAS NHI Authority Appoints a Managing Director

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 16, 2018 – Nassau – The Board of Directors of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announces the appointment of Mr. Graham Whitmarsh who assumes the position of Interim Managing Director effective 19th of February 2018.  Mr. Whitmarsh will report to the NHIA Board of Directors and lead the expanded and accelerate implementation of NHI in the Bahamas.  The Board expects a permanent Bahamian Managing Director will be appointed to lead NHI within 2 to 3 years.  Mr. Whitmarsh previously worked on NHI with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is familiar with the opportunity and challenges associated with expanding and improving health care in the Bahamas.Mr. Whitmarsh has an exceptional breadth of experience in healthcare, finance, aviation and technology at the CEO level in both the public and private sectors.  Mr. Whitmarsh has held two of the most senior positions in the Government of British Columbia: Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board.  Prior to his stint in the public sector both in Canada and the USA.  He also served as Director of First Nations Health Authority.Mr. Whitmarsh is a graduate of the University of Leeds, UK, and Dartmouth Royal Naval College.  He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Public Companies, Not for Profits and Government Committees.  Mr. Whitmarsh began his career as a Submarine Officer in the Royal Navy.The Board recognizes the contributions of the NHI Implementation Team who played a pivotal role in the launching of the Primary Care phase of the NHI program.Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hasina heads for tainted victory The Guardian

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaThe incumbent Awami League is heading for record consecutive third term in the 11th general election due on 30 December, says a report published in The Guardian on Thursday.The British newspaper says, “Bangladeshis will vote on Sunday on whether to grant a record third consecutive term to a prime minister who has overseen one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but whose government is accused of rampant human rights abuses.”Terming the election campaign as ‘bloody’, the article referred that the opposition activists have described the campaign as the most stifled in the 47 years.The report said scores of opposition figures including Hasina’s major rival, Khaleda Zia, have been jailed or disappeared in the months leading to the election.“Police harassment of opposition activists has reached unprecedented levels,” The Guardian quoted Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain as saying.Kamal Hossain told The Guardian that around 70 candidates of the opposition parties were too afraid to campaign in their constituencies after a spate of attacks on rallies and party offices by armed thugs.The report also referred to the attack on Kamal Hossain’s motorcade on 14 December.Two members of the Awami League were killed in the opening days of the campaign and dozens of supporters of both parties have been injured in scuffles and clashing rallies, said the report.The international election monitors and press freedom groups have complained of unnecessary delays in issuing visas, according to The Guardian.The report also said the ruling Awami League has framed an estimated 300,000 cases against the major opposition BNP and arrested thousands of its members in the run up to the election.The report, however, praises the economic development Bangladesh has made in last decade and said PM Hasina is hoping that the voters would focus on extraordinary economic progress the country made in last one decade.If the voting is free, the grievances shown by the people during recent safe road movement and quota reform movement might make an impact in voting, the report says.“Despite the buoyant balance sheet, the capital, Dhaka, has been shut down twice this year by protests that some analysts say are evidence of a wider malaise, which could be registered at the ballot boxes if Sunday’s voting is unimpeded,” the report reads.The report also quoted Bangladesh Enterprise Institute’s research director Shahab Enam Khan as saying that the road safety movement in August was stoked by popular outrage at unsafe driving and a wider culture of impunity.  “Public security issues in terms of law and order, how the law is being enforced, whether people have confidence in the judiciary, will be determinate,” Shahab quoted as saying.The report also said that the Bangladesh government was earlier accused of trampling human rights referring to a rise in enforced disappearance and crackdown on anti-narcotics drive which saw around alleged narcotics trader dead.last_img read more

CNN Launches Channel on Pluto TV Free Streaming Service

first_imgCNN programming is coming to Pluto TV, Viacom’s free streaming TV service, on a dedicated channel launching for users in the U.S. Tuesday.To be clear, however, it’s not CNN’s live broadcast feed — that’s available only to pay-TV customers on traditional cable or satellite services, and via authenticated access on the web and mobile apps.On Pluto TV, the CNN channel will comprise a curated playlist of short-form digital content from CNN’s anchors and reporters. The programming will be focused on lifestyle and culture, climate change, and the environment, along with original CNN investigations and interviews.Pluto TV, which Viacom bought for $340 million earlier this year, delivers content in a TV-style grid layout to mimic a live television schedule (and also offers content on-demand). Other news content partners on Pluto TV include CBSN, NBC News, Bloomberg Television, Cheddar News, TYT Network, WeatherNation, Today’s Top Story, News 24/7, NewsmaxTV, Top Stories by Newsy, RT America, and Sky News. Meanwhile, CNN also broadly distributes content across free-to-access digital platforms. Those include CNN.com and the CNN iOS and Android mobile app; social media services Facebook (and Facebook Watch), Twitter and Instagram; and Amazon Alexa voice-enabled devices. The network’s CNNgois streaming news experience provides the live CNN broadcast (available to authenticated pay-TV subscribers) and original programming on CNN.com, mobile apps and on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Samsung smart TVs.“At a time when news cycles are never-ending, in a world that is constantly evolving, CNN’s coveted daily reporting and in-depth features are perfect for our audience to be informed, with immediacy, accuracy and ease,” commented Amy Kuessner, Pluto TV’s senior VP of content partnerships. “Pluto TV’s mission to ‘entertain the planet’ also means informing the planet of what is going on in the world, and there is no better partner than the most trusted name in news.”Pluto TV touts over 15 million unique monthly active users, mostly in the U.S. That’s up from 12 million in January 2019, when Viacom announced the deal to buy Pluto TV. Popular on Variety Media and Tech Execs Talk Fostering Safe Dialogue Online Lawrence O’Donnell Draws Unwanted Spotlight to MSNBC Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Scientists have discovered that a type of hard mineral called zeolite can provide a high rate of gas flow in a micro-scale gas pump. Because the pump is based simply on temperature differences and has no moving parts, it could provide reliable and precise control of gas flow for a variety of applications, such as gas-sensing breath analyzers and warfare agent detectors. Mechanical engineers Naveen Gupta and Yogesh Gianchandani from the University of Michigan have published their study on the zeolite gas pump in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters. The researchers used a type of zeolite called clinoptilolite that, like all zeolites, contains billions of nanopores which a gas can flow through. The nanopores in clinoptilolite are packed much more densely than could be achieved through lithographic techniques, and so the mineral can enable a higher rate of gas flow.“Unlike zeolite gas pumps, most of the traditional micropumping mechanisms have moving parts,” Gupta told PhysOrg.com. “As we go smaller in size, the ratio of the surface area to volume of the parts increases, which results in increased frictional losses of power. Larger frictional forces result in increased wear and tear in the devices, which affects the reliability of the system adversely.”Using clinoptilolite, the engineers built a gas pump that operates on the principle of thermal transpiration, the phenomenon that gas molecules drift from the cold end to the hot end of a narrow channel. Their handheld-size gas pump, called a Knudsen pump, consisted of a thin, flexible heater in the center, sandwiched between two thin pieces of the porous mineral. The researchers added pieces of perforated aluminum between the layers to maintain a uniform temperature. Finally, the entire assembly was sandwiched between two pieces of insulating polyvinyl chloride (PVC).The pump operated on 296 mW/cm2 of power, and contained two inlet ports for the gas to enter at opposite ends of the device. When the heater started operating, cold gas molecules from the inlet ports began drifting through nanopores in the zeolite mineral toward the heater in the center. The gas quickly flowed out through a central outlet port, and could be used for a specific application.As the researchers explained, the thinner the nanopores (or nanochannels) through which the gas flowed, the higher the pressure at which the pump could operate. Using the zeolite’s large number of thin nanochannels, the device could pump gas at a high flow level. These nanochannels were so thin (in this case, about half a nanometer), that they were thinner than the mean free path of the molecules at atmospheric pressure, resulting in “free molecular gas flow.” “The free molecular regime is a name given to the gas flow conditions in which the mean free path of the gas molecules is much larger than the characteristic length of the channel,” Gupta explained. “Unlike the case for the continuum gas flow regime, in the free molecular regime the gas molecules bounce against the channel walls much more frequently than they bounce against each other. Under these conditions, the wall interaction dominates and tends to cause the molecules to drift from the cold end to the warm end of the channel.” Clinoptilolite, which has a greenish-white color, is one of the most abundant zeolites, and is also inexpensive, easily accessible, and mechanically strong. Along with having no moving parts, these advantages may make the pump useful for various purposes. “These miniature pumps may someday be useful for a variety of applications ranging from ventilation to vacuum pumping,” Gupta said. “They may also assist as gas reservoirs and gas separation elements in miniature or handheld system diagnostic. However, the Knudsen pumping technology is still evolving and will need quite a bit of effort before it gets there.”More information: Gupta, Naveen K. and Yogesh B. Gianchandani. “Thermal transpiration in zeolites: A mechanism for motionless gas pumps.” Applied Physics Letters 93, 193511 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This exploded view of a zeolite-based gas pump shows how gas flows through nanoporous zeolite from the cold to hot areas via thermal transpiration. The two zeolite disks are 2.3 mm thick and 48 mm in diameter. Image credit: N. K. Gupta and Y. B. Gianchandani. Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid Citation: Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts (2008, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-gas-minerals.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Earliest evidence of life found 349 billion years ago

first_img How to Find Signs of Life on Mars This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Stromatolites. Credit: Macquarie University The scientists, led by Associate Professor Nora Noffke of the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, did not strictly find fossils of that age, but actually found web-like patterns criss-crossing the surfaces of the Pilbara sandstone. Dr. Noffke calls the patterns and textures Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures (MISS) and said the structures were created by a complete ecosystem of different types of bacteria living in the Archean eon (roughly 3.8 to 2.5 GA) almost three-and-a-half billion years ago. The Pilbara region is a popular area for scientists searching for traces of early life on the planet because the ancient sedimentary rocks are extremely well preserved. The rocks were originally sand, and the region was originally a coastal plain. The sand was then built up into microbial mats by microbes, and over time the sand turned to rock and preserved the bacterial mats and structures such as MISS.A separate group of scientists working in the Pilbara published a paper last year describing their find of microbial fossil traces dated at around 3.4 billion years old. Similar fossils have also been found by Noffke’s group in sedimentary rocks in South Africa, but these were dated at 2.9 billion years old.Noffke’s team measured the carbon content in the rock and examined the ratio of carbon-13 to carbon-12. In non-living sources the ratio is around 1:99, while in photosynthesizing bacteria and other living organisms there is even less C13. Noffke and her group found the ratio in their samples was consistent with organic carbon. Unfortunately, there were no traces of preserved fats, proteins or fossilized microbes to definitely confirm the material is from living organisms.Microbial mats still form today in a few places such as the Pilbara. They contain mats of photosynthesizing cyanobacteria that produce food for use by themselves and other bacteria in the mat, and they also produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria are believed to have created the Earth’s oxygen around 2.4 billion years ago. Dr. Noffke said her findings could help in the search for signs of early life on other planets, by giving more information on what to look for, as explained in an earlier Phys.Org article.Dr. Noffke presented the paper at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Charlotte, North Carolina in November. (Phys.org)—A group of US researchers studying some of the oldest rocks in the world in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, say they have found the oldest traces of life on Earth, dated at 3.49 billion years old. More information: A MICROBIAL ECOSYSTEM IN AN ANCIENT SABKHA OF THE 3.49 GA PILBARA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AND COMPARISON WITH MESOARCHEAN, NEOPROTEROZOIC AND PHANEROZOIC EXAMPLES, gsa.confex.com/gsa/2012AM/webp … ram/Paper205981.htmlAbstractGerald Friedman’s actualistic research on microbial processes in modern coastal sabkhas has opened the path of understanding of ancient microbial biota. Some of Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks exposed in the Pilbara area of Western Australia include a mixed carbonate-evaporite-siliciclastic coastal sabkha. In the present day such sabkhas are widely colonized by microbial mats. Interacting with sedimentary processes such as erosion or evaporate crystal growth the microbial mats generate biogenic structures such as stromatolites or MISS. In the Pilbara area of Western Australia stromatolites occur which belong to the oldest fossils in Earth history. However, there also exists a plethora of well preserved MISS. These structures represent an entire ecosystem of surprising diversity. Actualistic comparison of fossil and modern biogenic structures and their facies-related distribution in sabkha settings points towards the presence of microbial communities in the Paleoarchean time highly similar to those we are familiar with today. Citation: Earliest evidence of life found: 3.49 billion years ago (2013, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-earliest-evidence-life-billion-years.html Explore further © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Tricks of the Trade

Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Trading Assistants are changing the face of eBay. Last year, more than 14,000 TAs were registered in eBay’s Trading Assistant Directory. In fact, helping others sell their goods on eBay was one of the hottest business ideas for 2005 and 2006, according to Christopher Matthew Spencer, an eBay Powerseller, Trading Assistant, instructor and author of The eBay Entrepreneur: The Definitive Guide to Starting Your Own eBay Trading Assistant Business.Although the Trading Assistant Program is fairly new, the concept has been around for some time. “We were trading assistants before they called us Trading Assistants,” Spencer, 37, says of his Burbank, California, drop-off store, The Spencer Company, whose 2006 sales are expected to reach more than $500,000. He says many eBay sellers go through a natural progression to becoming TAs: First they sell their own items, then they start selling things for their friends. Eventually, word spreads that they will help people sell on eBay, so they get business cards printed and start looking for people who need help selling their goods. Sound familiar?Some TAs sell anything and everything, while others work a specific niche or price point. They work out of their homes or through drop-off stores, full time or part time, according to Walt Duflock, eBay’s senior manager of seller development. The key to TA success, Duflock and Spencer agree, is tapping into the vast marketplace of people who want to sell online without spending time doing it themselves.Business SenseMeeting the minimum requirements for becoming a Trading Assistant is your first step. Those include: selling at least 10 items within the previous three months; having a feedback score of at least 100, of which 97 percent is positive; and maintaining an account in good standing. But there’s more to succeeding as a Trading Assistant than meeting these basic requirements. According to futurist Dan Nissanoff, author of FutureShop and co-founder of Portero, a New York City Trading Assistant business for companies that sell high-end consumer products, the Trading Assistant business can be very lucrative if you know how to run the business.First, decide what you want to accomplish and how much time you plan to spend achieving your goal. Do you want to be a stay-at-home parent and run your business part time out of your home? Do you want to make enough money to quit your job and run an eBay drop-off store full time? Or are your goals somewhere in the middle?Ron Mansfield, an eBay Trading Assistant, consultant and author of numerous books, including eBay to the Max, warns that running a TA business is a lot of work, though all that hard work can pay off in profits.Skip McGrath agrees. McGrath, a Trading Assistant in Anacortes, Washington, and author of various eBay guidebooks, points out that most financially successful Trading Assistants work full time (not necessarily in a drop-off store) and serve a particular niche.The key, McGrath and Mansfield stress, is to realize that being a Trading Assistant is a real business, and you must treat it as such. It is important to maintain a professional image and strong work ethic. Some other tips include:Invest in letterhead and business cards.Answer your phone in a professional manner.Dress appropriately when you meet with customers.Focus on customer service–for the seller and the buyer.Use written contracts.Develop good bookkeeping skills.Keep accurate records.File for a sales tax number and an employee identification number.Advertising AdvantageEffective advertising for your business is essential. “But that doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars [on] advertising,” says McGrath.Start small, he advises. Word-of-mouth is very powerful, so be sure all your friends and family are aware that you’re available to help them–and anyone they know–sell items on eBay. Mention your business to people you meet at church or through clubs in which you’re involved. Offering to sell donated items for nonprofits is a great way to raise money for charity and also earn a nice commission (it’s a tax write-off for you, too). The key is to make yourself and your business known in the community.Another simple, inexpensive way to find customers is to visit garage sales late in the afternoon. McGrath found a saddle at one garage sale that the owner was trying to sell for $300. Because it hadn’t sold, McGrath offered to sell it on eBay. The saddle sold for $790–a terrific success for the saddle owner, the buyer and McGrath, who earned a 30 percent commission.Some other marketing ideas include:Classified adsCommunity bulletin boardsDoorknob hangerseBay’s Trading Assistant Directory: Visit www.ebay.com/ta for all the information you need to sign up.Product SelectionAs a Trading Assistant, it’s very important to know how to say no. “Junk is junk, and eBay isn’t going to magically make it valuable,” Nissanoff says.McGrath agrees. “Six of the seven calls I get a week I turn down,” he says. “They’re looking to sell lower-value items.”McGrath and Mansfield suggest the following:Set a minimum selling price. Determine what your time is worth, and don’t sell items for so little that you won’t make a good profit.Make sure there’s a market for all the items you’re selling. Also check the selling prices for similar items on eBay.Consider specializing in the types of items you sell, either by client or product.Be careful about agreeing to sell items with a high degree of product liability (such as baby products).Bright FutureThe importance of Trading Assistants hasn’t yet been fully realized, according to Nissanoff. “The Trading Assistant revolution will bridge the gap between eBay sellers and the general public,” he says.Spencer points out the virtually unlimited nature of the Trading Assistant’s market. “There’s lots of money in the Trading Assistant arena,” he says. “eBay has helped me become a millionaire.” Maybe it can help you, too.Lisa Stammer is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. She specializes in topics related to business, health care, technology and parenting. 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