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They thought that nobody would care

first_imgBy Shirley McLeanAPTN National NewsWHITEHORSE –A Yukon family was in court Friday trying to quash the finding’s of a coroner’s inquest into the death of a 43-year-old First Nations man who died in a Whitehorse hospital after spending several hours lying in his own feces, urine and vomit inside an RCMP cell while officers and guards watched and mocked him.Silverfox’s family have gone to the Yukon Supreme Court to challenge the findings of the inquest which concluded the death was the result of natural causes.The court adjourned proceedings for two months.“No way I’m going…to let my dad have that set against him and I took the next step and here I am now,” said Silverfox’s daughter Deana Lee Charlie. “I will fight all the way through for my dad.”Silverfox’s family believes the coroner was biased in favour of the RCMP. They are raising questions the coroner’s handing of RCMP audio and vidoe footage from the jail cell.The family is calling for the footage to be made public and for an inquiry into Silverfox’s death.“It’s very important for the public to see what truly happened to my dad, he sacrificed his life for others to see what really happens in jail cells,” said Charlie.During the coroner’s inquest, the family learned that Silverfox was mocked and ridiculed by RCMP officers and guards while he lay in his own excrement.Most of Silverfox’s cell was covered with his own vomit, feces and urine and he was denied a request for a mattress by an RCMP officer who told him to “sleep in your own shit,” the inquest heard.Silverfox, from Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, drank a bottle of vodka while celebrating his 43rd birthday when he was picked up by police early on the morning of Dec. 2, 2008.Throughout the about 13 hours in the cells, Silverfox writhed in pain, vomited and soiled himself but received no aid from the RCMP officers and guards watching him over closed circuit television cameras. Instead, they cracked jokes about his predicament.An ambulance was called after Silverfox was found lying face down and unresponsive in his cell.Paramedics managed to revive him on the way to the hospital in Whitehorse where he was eventually pronounced dead.A forensic pathologist testified at the inquest that Silverfox had died from pneumonia and sepsis.The pneumonia was likely triggered by Silverfox breathing in his own vomit, the pathologist concluded.Stomach bacteria were found in his lungs.The RCMP issued an apology.“I am shocked and disappointed, as are many members of the RCMP that Mr. Silverfox had to endure the insensitive and callous treatment he endured while he was in our care. We have failed you and we have failed ourselves,” said RCMP Supt. Peter Clark, in the apology issued earlier this year.The Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP is also probing the death.Family and friends believe the RCMP is responsible for Silverfox’s death because they refused him help. They also believe that the inquest merely meant to tidy-up the death.“They thought that nobody would care. They didn’t realize that we do care, that we love his guy. His family loved him, people loved him,” said friend Joseph O’brien.Silverfox’s daughter said she’s not going to stop fighting until she finds justice.“It’s very important for the public to see what truly happened to my dad,” said Charlie.”He sacrificed his life for others to see what really happens in jail cells.”last_img read more

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Israel must end Gaza blockade evictions alleged abuse of young Palestinians –

16 November 2009Israel should end the blockade of Gaza, cease evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and ensure that the rights of children are respected and that all allegations of torture and ill-treatment are promptly investigated and perpetrators prosecuted, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an annual report released today. Israel should end the blockade of Gaza, cease evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and ensure that the rights of children are respected and that all allegations of torture and ill-treatment are promptly investigated and perpetrators prosecuted, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an annual report released today.“In particular, the Government of Israel should allow unimpeded access to Gaza for humanitarian aid and the non-humanitarian goods needed for the reconstruction of properties and infrastructure,” he writes in the report to the General Assembly on the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.“Israel should also address effectively and immediately the water, sanitation and environmental crisis in Gaza,” he stressed, citing the devastating damage stemming from Israel’s military action against Hamas last winter and its blockade of many materials other than foodstuffs, medical supplies, stationery and some industrial or electrical appliances.“Those heavy import restrictions, coupled with a near total prohibition on exports, have had a devastating effect on the Gaza economy. The blockade has also severely impaired the realization of a wide range of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights.”Mr. Ban says the reported ill-treatment of children includes beatings, being forced to stand or sit for long periods in extremely painful and harmful positions, in most cases with hands tied together and eyes blindfolded, threats of sexual abuse and hooding the head and face in a sack.He cites one case documented by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in which a 14-year-old-boy from the village of Qatanna was arrested in March by soldiers after other children had thrown stones at an army vehicle. While being transferred to an Israeli military camp, soldiers slapped him several times, handcuffed and blindfolded him.The boy stated that the handcuffs were too tight and caused him great pain and that the blindfold may have been coated in tear gas since his eyes were burning the entire time. After repeated appeals at the police station, a soldier noted the boy’s hands were turning blue and took off his handcuffs and blindfold. He was then subjected to interrogation for four hours, during which an interrogator beat his face and ears with the back of his hand, approximately 40 times.“All parties to the conflict should abide scrupulously by their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law,” Mr. Ban writes in an overall recommendation, calling for all allegations to be investigated by credible, independent and transparent accountability mechanisms. “Equally crucial is upholding the right of victims to reparation.”On the West Bank, he reiterates that the wall which Israel says it is building to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers and other attacks, should be dismantled where it is in occupied territory, in accordance with an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice.Israel should also issue viable zoning plans and a less cumbersome process for issuing building permits in a non-discriminatory manner for all in East Jerusalem and other places in the West Bank. “Until such time, the evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes should cease,” Mr. Ban stresses. “Victims of forced evictions should also be afforded the possibility of effective redress. Punitive demolitions should cease immediately.”In East Jerusalem alone from January to July 2009 at least 194 persons were forcibly displaced as a result of home demolitions. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in August cited “conservative estimates” of more than 1,500 pending demolition orders in East Jerusalem.Some neighbourhoods face the prospects of mass demolitions. In the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, some 90 houses are threatened, potentially displacing about 1,000 people. In Sheik Jarrah, an area in central East Jerusalem, 475 residents could face potential eviction as the ownership of their homes is contested by Israeli settlers. read more

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Irregular migration in Greece must be addressed by European Union – UN

“As the large number of irregular migrants stuck in Greece is mainly a result of EU policies and practices, there is a strong need for solidarity and responsibility-sharing within the EU in order to ensure full respect of the human rights of all these migrants,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, said at the end of a nine-day visit to Greece.During his trip, Mr. Crépeau spoke with many Greek interlocutors who expressed dismay at the reluctance of other EU countries at taking on a number of migrants stuck in Greece with little possibility of being returned home, as well as little chance of being integrated in the local labour market and society, given the economic crisis the country is going through. Mr. Crépeau underlined that while it is the EU’s role to manage migration flows to Greece, the Greek Government needs to respect the human rights of migrants. “I urge the Greek authorities to undertake all the necessary measures to combat discrimination against migrants,” he said. “I am deeply concerned about the widespread xenophobic violence and attacks against migrants in Greece, and I strongly condemn the inadequate response by the law enforcement agencies to curb this violence, and to punish those responsible.”In particular, the Special Rapporteur drew attention to a new policy implemented by the Greek Government which systematically detains everyone that is detected as irregularly entering the Greek territory, including children and families. Separated or unaccompanied children are let go without an official status in the country.“There does not seem to exist a clear, coherent strategy as to what to do with irregular migrants who are not clearly and easily deportable,” Mr. Crépeau said. “I met migrant children who lived in abandoned buildings or under highway overpasses, without any proper status and without any institutional support apart from the action of some civil society organizations.”He added that this policy leaves individuals in a state of legal limbo and goes against a human rights framework. A plan for a civilian asylum and first reception service in Greece that would effectively and quickly screen migrants with vulnerabilities has been supported by the EU. However, Mr. Crépeau said not enough financing has been received to fund these services. “I am concerned by the lack of appropriate staffing and budget yet dedicated to these two services, and I urge the Greek government and the EU to work together in order to ensure their swift operationalization.”While in Greece, Mr. Crépeau visited Athens, the Evros region bordering Turkey, the Aegean island of Lesbos, and the western port city of Patras. He met with Government representatives, civil society and international organizations, as well as migrants themselves, including in detention centres.Mr. Crépeau’s visit was the last stage of a special study on the management of the EU’s external borders. He visited Brussels in May, Tunisia and Turkey over the summer and Italy in October. The Special Rapporteur will present a report on his findings to the UN Human Rights Council in June next year.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Crépeau, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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5 things to watch for Ohio State v Penn State

2. Will Bradley Roby be ready to step up?This year hasn’t gone exactly how redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby had planned. After being named a preseason All-American, Roby was then suspended for the season opener after a July incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar. He has been outplayed during games against California and Wisconsin and was then ejected from the game against Iowa for targeting. Roby is expected to play the whole game against the Nittany Lions and will likely be matched up against Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is averaging 117.5 receiving yards per game, the highest among players that OSU has faced so far in 2013. It will be another test for Roby, who continues to watch his NFL Draft stock plummet with his struggles. If Roby can contain Robinson, it could be a long day for Penn State. 4. Can Ohio Stadium and Buckeye Nation rattle Christian Hackenberg?True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been all Penn State could have asked for this season. The 6-foot-4-inch Palmyra, Va., product has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns so far in 2013, against six interceptions. His three first-half scoring tosses kept the Nittany Lions afloat early on in their quadruple overtime win against Michigan two weeks ago, and the freshman is only getting better. OSU’s secondary has taken multiple hits this season, with the loss of senior safety Christian Bryant to a broken ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and Roby last week to the ejection. If Hackenberg is able to find holes and complete big plays to Robinson and others, the team could light up the scoreboard. 3. Braxton Miller’s rollercoaster season.Since spraining the MCL in his left knee in OSU’s win against San Diego State, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has struggled to play consistently. After a four-touchdown performance against Wisconsin, Miller played poorly against Northwestern, turning the ball over three times and failing to find the end zone. Now Miller heads into the game against Penn State on the heels of a performance against Iowa in which he threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and added 102 yards on the ground. If Miller wants to lead the Buckeyes to another undefeated season, he will need to find more consistency in his play and keep his mistakes to a minimum. Although he was successful against the Hawkeyes, it remains to be seen which Miller will show up Saturday. If Miller can avoid turning the ball over and instead score a couple of touchdowns, it will go a long way to pushing the Buckeyes to 8-0 overall on the season. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives forward during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor1. How many yards does Carlos Hyde gain?Let’s face it: The lead running back role in the Buckeye offense belongs to Carlos Hyde. Although redshirt-senior Jordan Hall played well during Hyde’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde has completely taken over No. 4 Ohio State’s (7-0, 3-0) backfield. In the four games since returning from suspension, Hyde has rushed for 41, 85, 168 and 149 yards, respectively, and five total touchdowns. Two of those games came against then-top 10 rushing defenses in Wisconsin and Iowa, and Hyde was still successful. Penn State (4-2, 1-1) comes into the game Saturday with the No. 21 rushing defense in the country, so Hyde will look to have another big game to help OSU win its 20th straight game. 5. Will the pressure get to OSU?The Buckeyes currently sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, and with the opportunity to take another step toward a Leaders Division title, will the pressure finally get to the team? The last time OSU boasted a 19-game winning streak, Meyer was on the other sidelines with Florida when it ended in the 2006 BCS National Championship. A victory against conference rival Penn State (8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium) would surely vault the Buckeyes ahead into their next two games on the road against Purdue and Illinois. read more

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South Australian Premier welcomes new uranium policy

first_imgAt the opening of the 2007 South Australian Resources & Energy Investment Conference in Adelaide on April 30, The Honourable Mike Rann MP, Premier of South Australia and Minister for Economic Development, commented: “We are today celebrating , and ‘celebrating’ is not too strong a word to use, a political and policy breakthrough of huge, long-term implications for the industry and the State. And that was the decision by the Australian Labor Party, at the weekend, to at last join the real world when it comes to uranium – to finally end its illogical, outdated and ineffectual ‘no new mines’ policy. I’m very proud to have played a role in ending a policy that made no sense. I’m delighted that the ALP has scrapped a policy that had the potential to restrict the development of South Australia’s vast uranium resources.   The old ALP policy did nothing whatsoever to prevent the expansion of existing uranium mines, such as the Olympic Dam mine in the north of this State, which is poised to more than double in size. But the policy did represent a ban on the number of mines in existence. Under a Federal Labor government, this would have blocked exciting and potentially world-class projects like the Quasar-Alliance joint venture development of the Beverley 4 Mile site.   The ALP conference decision on uranium represents, from my point of view, ‘mission accomplished’. It’s a victory for common sense. It’s a victory for South Australia. And it’s a victory for your industry. The uranium policy change is great news for South Australia.   The money spent on exploring for uranium in South Australia has topped A$30 million, which is the highest figure in 25 years. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 56% of Australia’s uranium exploration activity is occurring in this State. Today, about 60 companies and individuals hold a total of more than 160 exploration licences for uranium in South Australia and more than 100 further licences are being sought. There is a growing number of Adelaide-based uranium explorers listing, or proposing to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.   As of less than 48 hours ago, South Australia is now totally and completely ‘open for business’ in the area of uranium mining and export: a carbon-free energy source for the future.last_img read more

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A touchscreen table for iPhone fact or fiction

first_imgMom, I know what I want for Christmas. Microsoft may have its Surface technology, but a new invention has been designed with the iPhone lover in mind. Table Connect for iPhone turns your small iPhone into a large display table that even comes with multi-touch capabilities.The display table operates in conjunction with an application running on the iPhone. However, comments on the video mention that it looks like when the guy launches the “special app” he also presses the sleep/wake button on the iPhone. I must admit the move made to launch the app is not a natural one and you can clearly see another finger touching the top of the iPhone before its screen goes blank and the table begins “loading up.”AdChoices广告Regardless of whether the video is fake or not it is a fantastic idea for a product and one which would be a nice addition to any Apple home. If these guys are genuinely working on a table I think they just shot their credibility with this video if it has been staged. You be the judge.Read more at the Table Connect for iPhone websitelast_img read more

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More Americans Use RideHailing Apps for Travel Research Says

first_img More Americans are taking advantage of ride-hailing apps, including Lyft and Uber, to travel to airports, restaurants, and workspaces across the nation.On Thursday, Pew Research Center released survey results in a blog post, which showed an increase in ride-hailing app use in the U.S. over the past three years. In the blog post, Pew Research Center expressed how more Americans are aware of these ride-hailing apps, and how they use them to conveniently travel to places.According to a fall 2018 survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 36 percent of U.S. adults said they’ve used ride-hailing services, including Uber or Lyft. Only three percent of participants said they’ve never heard of ride-hailing services before, which is an improvement compared to Pew Research Center’s 2015 ride-hailing survey results.Three years ago, Pew Research conducted a similar survey and the results are different: Only 15 percent of participants said they’ve used ride-hailing services before, and 33 percent didn’t even know about ride-hailing services for transportation.Ride-hailing use also varied depending on age and community setting. Fifty-one percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 said they’ve used a ride-hailing service before, while only 24 percent of Americans ages 50 and older have used one. City and suburban dwellers are also more likely to use ride-hailing apps: Forty-five percent of city residents and 40 percent of suburban residents have used ride-hailing apps, compared to 19 percent of residents who live in rural areas.Even though ride-hailing use is on the rise, American’s aren’t adding this service to their regular routines. Only 10 percent of Americans use ride-hailing apps once a week, while a mere 22 percent use them on a monthly basis. Most ride-hailing customers (67 percent) use ride-hailing apps less than once a month.Despite these differences, ride-hailing services remain a popular travel method for people in the U.S. Rather than walk, bike, or take a subway, some Americans prefer the comfort of a convenient car service over transportation delays and crowded streets.More on Geek.com:Uber Driverless Cars Return to the Road After Fatal Arizona CrashUber, Lyft Help Voters Get to the Polls on Election DayUber Launches an AI Lab Because Robot Drivers Are the Future SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Vancouver greenlights LED streetlights

first_imgAnd on the third Monday in April, the Vancouver City Council said: Let there be lights.Streetlights, that is. Let there be 13,500 of them — a project that will cost the city about $4 million upfront but cut its annual electricity bill in half.The city council gave the purchase the green light (or, technically, a whole lot of white lights) during its regular public meeting Monday. The new LEDs, shorthand for light emitting diodes, will replace all of the classic, cobra head-style streetlights within Vancouver city limits.Vancouver is behind the curve when it comes to making the switch. According to Bill Hibbs, commercial programs and key accounts manager at Clark Public Utilities, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal and Yacolt have all taken advantage of a small-cities transportation grant to upgrade their lighting infrastructure to LEDs.“There’s not a lot of negative feedback that we hear from customers,” Hibbs said.Clark Public Utilities is partnering with Vancouver on the project, contributing $1.3 million as part of the company’s cash incentive program to promote energy-efficient updates.Currently, the cobra head streetlights use high-pressure sodium bulbs that cast a warm, hazy orange glow. They might be atmospheric, but they’re inefficient: Compared to LED lights, they use about twice as much electricity. LEDs also last around six times longer before they need to be replaced.last_img read more

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Confirmed Joel Matip out of Liverpools preseason tour

first_imgLiverpool have confirmed that defender Joel Matip will leave their pre-season tour of the United States in order to undergo treatment on a thigh problemThe Cameroon international was forced to miss the final part of last season due to a similar injury problem, but appeared to have made a full return to fitness during Liverpool’s preseason friendlies before the squad headed off to the US.However, in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, Matip sustained a similar injury to the one he had just gotten over from and has now returned to England to undergo treatment.A club statement read: “Joel Matip will leave Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States to undergo rehabilitation on the muscle injury he sustained against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The defender picked up the issue midway through the first half of the International Champions Cup fixture and was immediately substituted.“Though the muscle injury suffered in his upper leg is not considered to be a long-term concern, Matip will not be available for selection in the remaining two games in America.”It is currently unclear how long Matip will be out for this time, but it appears likely that he will not make it in time for Liverpool’s opening Premier League game against West Ham United on August 12 at Anfield.last_img read more

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Blaise Matuidi Lucas Digne is stronger defensively at Everton

first_imgBlaise Matuidi showered Lucas Digne with praises, confessing that the Everton left-back became stronger in defense since after playing in the Premier League.Blues signed Digne last summer from Barcelona and ever since then he has made 11 appearances in all competitions and one assist in his 10 league games for Everton.Speaking about Digne, Matuidi said via Sports Lens:Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Lucas played at PSG, Roma, Barça, the big clubs where he progressed offensively. And here he plays in a championship that forces him to be stronger defensively. I don’t see all his matches but I have seen him, and I find him effective. Above all, in the (national team) he never disappointed.”Having won four games and a draw from last six outing, Everton grabbed a ninth place in the Premier League table.The club also has possessed 19 points from 12 games in all, this season.last_img read more

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Gerard Pique not certain of Messis return against Sevilla

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is unsure if Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde will recall star for Copa del Rey showdown with Sevilla after losing quarter-final first leg without him.Barcelona lost 2-0 to Sevilla on Wednesday night and their key men played little or no part in the defeat.Speaking after Wednesday’s defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Pique told Dailymail:FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).”First we have to play the league game against Girona and then focus on the return leg at the Camp Nou. Whether Messi plays is the decision for the coach.“In the first half we had a very clear opportunity and in the second we could have risked a little more to try and draw the match but Sevilla were better, and I congratulate them for it.“We have a very competitive squad and the coach wants us all to participate. The performance was good but they took advantage of all their chances.”last_img read more

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Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters a hub in Central Vancouver

first_imgA paper tiger is on the prowl, perking up a Central Vancouver neighborhood and creating a scene. Make that Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, brewing up robust java every day at 703 Grand Blvd.Launched in autumn 2009 by proprietor Zachary Gray, 28, the coffeehouse has enlivened the short stretch between East Mill Plain and Evergreen boulevards, fast becoming a community hub and artistic haven.It’s just what Gray, an Illinois transplant, had in mind when he pounced on the space formerly occupied by The Chicago Steamer hot dog eatery.“I could see the neighborhood embracing this place. This was a little bit of a diamond in the rough,” Gray said. He’d scouted around near downtown before settling on the busy arterial that splits the Edgewood Park and Hudson’s Bay neighborhoods.His dual goal: Serve killer coffee and establish a “third place” where conversation and good energy flows, where personal connections are made for the greater good.“I think we need a lot more places like this in Vancouver,” Gray said, quick to embrace all that “coffee culture” conjures. “I’m not in it for the quick buck. It’s about adding value to my life, and the community.”last_img read more

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Indonesias tsunami questions global disaster preparedness

first_imgDebris are seen after the tsunami damage at Sunda strait at Kunjir village in South Lampung, Indonesia on 28 December. Photo: ReutersAs Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month.The 23 December tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of earthquakes and tsunamis in the vast archipelago, which straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.No sirens were heard in those towns and beaches to alert people before the deadly series of waves hit shore.Seismologists and authorities say a perfect storm of factors caused the tsunami and made early detection near impossible given the equipment in place.But the disaster should be a wake-up call to step up research on tsunami triggers and preparedness, said several of the experts, some of whom have traveled to the Southeast Asian nation to investigate what happened.”Indonesia has demonstrated to the rest of the world the huge variety of sources that have the potential to cause tsunamis. More research is needed to understand those less-expected events,” said Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton.Most tsunamis on record have been triggered by earthquakes. But this time it was an eruption of Anak Krakatau volcano that caused its crater to partially collapse into the sea at high tide, sending waves up to 5 metres (16 feet) high smashing into densely populated coastal areas on Java and Sumatra islands.During the eruption, an estimated 180 million cubic metres, or around two-thirds of the less-than-100-year-old volcanic island, collapsed into the sea.But the eruption didn’t rattle seismic monitors significantly, and the absence of seismic signals normally associated with tsunamis led Indonesia’s geophysics agency (BMKG) initially to tweet there was no tsunami.Muhamad Sadly, head of geophysics at BMKG, later told Reuters its tidal monitors were not set up to trigger tsunami warnings from non-seismic events.The head of Japan’s International Research Institute of Disaster, Fumihiko Imamura, told Reuters he did not believe Japan’s current warning system would have detected a tsunami like the one in the Sunda Strait.”We still have some risks of this in Japan…because there’s 111 active volcanoes and low capacity to monitor eruptions generating a tsunami,” he said in Jakarta.Scientists have long flagged the collapse of Anak Krakatau, around 155 km (100 miles) west of the capital, as a concern. A 2012 study published by the Geological Society of London deemed it a “tsunami hazard.”Anak Krakatau has emerged from the Krakatoa volcano, which in 1883 erupted in one of the biggest explosions in recorded history, killing more than 36,000 people in a series of tsunamis and lowering the global surface temperature by one degree Celsius with its ash.Broken Warning SystemSome experts believe there was enough time for at least a partial detection of last week’s tsunami in the 24 minutes it took waves to hit land after the landslide on Anak Krakatau.But a country-wide tsunami warning system of buoys connected to seabed sensors has been out of order since 2012 due to vandalism, neglect and a lack of public funds, authorities say.”The lack of an early warning system is why Saturday’s tsunami was not detected,” said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho, adding that of 1,000 tsunami sirens needed across Indonesia, only 56 are in place.”Signs that a tsunami was coming weren’t detected and so people did not have time to evacuate.”President Joko Widodo this week ordered BMKG to purchase new early warning systems, and the agency later said it planned to install three tsunami buoys on the islands surrounding Anak Krakatau.The cost of covering the country is estimated at 7 trillion rupiah ($481.10 million). That is roughly equivalent to Indonesia’s total disaster response budget of 7.19 trillion rupiah for 2018, according to Nugroho.But other experts say even if this network had been working, averting disaster would have been difficult.”The tsunami was very much a worst-case scenario for any hope of a clear tsunami warning: a lack of an obvious earthquake to trigger a warning, shallow water, rough seabed, and the close proximity to nearby coastlines,” said seismologist Hicks.In the Philippines, Renato Solidum, undersecretary for disaster risk reduction, said eruptions from the country’s Taal volcano had caused tsunami waves before in the surrounding Taal Lake.He told Reuters that what happened in Indonesia showed the need to “re-emphasize awareness and preparedness” regarding volcanic activity and its potential to trigger tsunamis in the Philippines.The United States has also suffered several tsunamis caused by volcanic activity, including in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, according to the national weather service.More EducatoinIn Indonesia earlier this year, a double quake-and-tsunami disaster killed over 2,000 people on Sulawesi island, while at least 500 died when an earthquake flattened much of the northern coastline of the holiday island of Lombok.In a country where, according to government data, 62.4 per cent of the population is at risk of being struck by earthquakes and 1.6 per cent by tsunamis, attention is now focused on a continued lack of preparedness.”Given the potential for disasters in the country, it’s time to have disaster education be part of the national curriculum,” Widodo told reporters after the latest tsunami.For Ramdi Tualfredi, a high school teacher who survived last week’s waves, these improvements cannot come soon enough.He told Reuters that people in his village of Cigondong on the west coast of Java and close to Krakatau had never received any safety drills or evacuation training.”I’ve never received education on safety steps,” he said.last_img read more

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Trump Poised To Announce Decision On Paris Climate Agreement

first_imgListen Mark WilsonPresident Trump walks toward Marine One before departing from the White House in Washington, D.C., in AprilPresident Trump is expected to announce this afternoon whether the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris accord — the historic global agreement, reached in 2015, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.Trump has tweeted that he will reveal his decision at 3 p.m. ET in the Rose Garden at the White House.During his campaign, Trump vowed to “cancel” U.S. participation in the deal. World leaders and business figures have urged him to reconsider.Barack Obama used his authority as president to join the Paris Accord, without a vote in the Legislature. That means Trump can also remove the U.S. from the accord without a vote. But it will take a while: Under the terms of the agreement, he wouldn’t actually be able to withdraw until November 2020.Leaving the underlying treaty — the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — would be faster, and could be completed within a year. But that treaty was U.S. Senate-ratified. Presidents have unilaterally exited Senate-ratified treaties before, but it’s rare and controversial.Urged to stay, urged to leaveA wide chorus of voices are calling for Trump to recommit to the Paris agreement: Other world leaders and hundreds of scientists, of course, but also CEOs of major energy companies and other big U.S. corporations. Even many of Trump’s own advisers support the deal, according to The New York Times.But the accord has a number of detractors. More than 20 Republican senators called for Trump to leave the deal. Influential Trump advisers, reportedly Steve Bannon and EPA Director Scott Pruitt, also urged him to withdraw.And then, of course, there’s the argument advanced by candidate Trump. On the campaign trail, he criticized the agreement that the U.S. formally signed onto last year. He has said the deal is “unfair” to the U.S., objecting in particular to the requirement that wealthy nations help developing countries build renewable energy sources.Trump has also signaled, more broadly, that fighting climate change is not a priority for his administration. He’s denied the existence of climate change in the past, and appointed as the head of the EPA a man who doesn’t accept the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing global warming by releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. And he’s already overturned several Obama-era efforts to reduce emissions.A hard-fought diplomatic agreementThe Paris accord was reached in 2015, after lengthy negotiations. The deal relies on voluntary cuts in emissions by all the member nations — nearly 200 of them.The agreement also, significantly, sets a global target: To keep the rise in the average temperature no higher than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And it calls for some $100 billion a year in funding, from developed countries toward developing countries, to support green energy sources.It fell short of what some parties had hoped for. Island nations — which face an existential threat from rising sea waters — had pushed hard for a target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. (Why not even lower? Well, as of 2015, the global average temperature had already risen by 1 degree Celsius, and even with robust efforts to cut emissions, some further increase is essentially inevitable.)And the agreement relies on voluntary cuts in emissions, which is seen by some critics as a major weakness.Still, the fact that the world managed to agree on a target was celebrated as a diplomatic achievement, one multiple world leaders have emphasized as crucial to support. After the recent G-7 meetings, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and vocally supported her commitment to action on climate change.Modi said failing to act on climate change would be “a morally criminal act.” Merkel had previously vowed to “convince the doubters” among world leaders that “protecting the climate matters to all of us.”The doubters are in the minority. Only two countries — Syria and Nicaragua — have completely rejected the deal.Several dozen countries have signed but not fully approved — including Iran, Turkey and, most significantly, Russia, which is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. But three-quarters of the countries on earth have fully committed to the accord.A pact in name, or in deed?It’s important to note that the Paris accord is only as strong as each nation’s actual reduction in emissions. That means leaving the agreement isn’t the only way to weaken it: Trump could keep the U.S. as a signatory, but continue to slash the programs that would actually make it possible to reach the target for emissions.The opposite is also true: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions could continue to go down, at least in the short term, even if Trump withdraws from the accord.As NPR’s Christopher Joyce recently reported, emissions in the U.S. have declined by about 12 percent since 2005.“The U.S. has successfully bent its greenhouse gas emissions curve,” Kate Larsen, of the economics research team Rhodium Group, told Christopher. “And we are going to continue to reduce emissions over the next 10 years, likely regardless of Trump policy.”But while the Paris accord isn’t synonymous with U.S. emissions cuts, that doesn’t mean Trump’s decision on the accord is meaningless.Economist Marc Hafstead, who’s with Resources for the Future, told Christopher that exiting the deal “could potentially have political ramifications — to the extent that our pulling out of the agreement is going to cause other countries to do less.”It would also threaten the $100 billion a year pledged to help developing countries achieve emissions cuts, as Bloomberg has reported.Meanwhile, many analysts see a U.S. departure from the deal as paving the way for China to take the lead on climate change.It’s not just a question of intangible moral leadership, or even of the potential profits from green energy that would be on the table. The Atlantic reported last year that a U.S. departure would likely result in less-transparent mechanisms for actually enforcing the Paris accord — because Chinese “faulty and unreliable energy statistics” could play a prominent role.By staying in the deal, the U.S. would keep a spot at the negotiating table — and potential influence over how the agreement is enforced. A vote to remain also would mark a beginning — not an end — of questions about how the Trump administration will affect global climate change efforts.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /03:38 Xlast_img read more

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CMCH row Health department urges students to lift agitation

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has urged the agitating medical students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) to end the 12-day long stir, assuring them all sorts of cooperation.In a press statement issued by the Director of Medical Education (DME), Prof Dr Debashis Bhattacharrya, the students taking part in the symbolic hunger-strike for the last few days have been requested to lift their agitation and advised to take care of their health. He also assured the students that appropriate measures are being taken to renovate the hostel rooms. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Some students of CMCH resorted to symbolic hunger-strike over new hostel accommodation. The college council has consistently requested them to withdraw the strike and take care of their health,” press note issued by Dr Bhattacharrya stated.He reminded the students that they are a part and parcel of the hospital and it is a place to provide health services to people. “I request the students to withdraw their symbolic strike, return to academics and see that health services to people are not hampered. I further assure the students that appropriate measures are being taken to improve and renovate the hostel rooms,” Dr Bhattacharrya said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, it may be stated that the CMCH authorities were looking into various options where it would be possible to accommodate the medical students from the second and third year in the new hostel building on the basis of the availability. The authorities may discuss the issue with the Health department in this regard.Some of the MBBS students from the second and third year of CMCH started a hunger-strike on July 10 with a demand of allotment of rooms in the new hostel building where the first year MBBS students have been accommodated. Some of the junior doctors and interns at CMCH extended their moral support to the movement. Students demanded that they must be given accommodated in the new hostel rooms. They also alleged that the hostel rooms, where they currently stay, lack basic infrastructure.Some of the students have fallen ill due to the hunger-strike. On Saturday, another student was admitted to the hospital after he fell seriously ill.The principal of CMCH Uchhal Bhadra was admitted to SSKM Hospital on last Tuesday after he was allegedly heckled by some of the agitating students.Prof Dr Ashoke Bhadra is working as the acting Principal of CMCH. The agitating students also threatened to continue the demonstration as the college council denied to give written assurances new hostel rooms.Kolkata: The state Health department has urged the agitating medical students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) to end the 12-day long stir, assuring them all sorts of cooperation.In a press statement issued by the Director of Medical Education (DME), Prof Dr Debashis Bhattacharrya, the students taking part in the symbolic hunger-strike for the last few days have been requested to lift their agitation and advised to take care of their health. He also assured the students that appropriate measures are being taken to renovate the hostel rooms.”Some students of CMCH resorted to symbolic hunger-strike over new hostel accommodation. The college council has consistently requested them to withdraw the strike and take care of their health,” press note issued by Dr Bhattacharrya stated.He reminded the students that they are a part and parcel of the hospital and it is a place to provide health services to people. “I request the students to withdraw their symbolic strike, return to academics and see that health services to people are not hampered. I further assure the students that appropriate measures are being taken to improve and renovate the hostel rooms,” Dr Bhattacharrya said.Meanwhile, it may be stated that the CMCH authorities were looking into various options where it would be possible to accommodate the medical students from the second and third year in the new hostel building on the basis of the availability. The authorities may discuss the issue with the Health department in this regard.Some of the MBBS students from the second and third year of CMCH started a hunger-strike on July 10 with a demand of allotment of rooms in the new hostel building where the first year MBBS students have been accommodated. Some of the junior doctors and interns at CMCH extended their moral support to the movement.Students demanded that they must be given accommodated in the new hostel rooms. They also alleged that the hostel rooms, where they currently stay, lack basic infrastructure.Some of the students have fallen ill due to the hunger-strike. On Saturday, another student was admitted to the hospital after he fell seriously ill.The principal of CMCH Uchhal Bhadra was admitted to SSKM Hospital on last Tuesday after he was allegedly heckled by some of the agitating students.Prof Dr Ashoke Bhadra is working as the acting Principal of CMCH. The agitating students also threatened to continue the demonstration as the college council denied to give written assurances new hostel rooms.last_img read more

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Poor sleep makes parents lenient towards kids

first_imgMothers who have trouble sleeping may engage in more permissive parenting, that is parenting marked by lenient or liberal discipline, says a study. This type of lenient parenting, especially during the adolescent years, may increase the risk of problematic or risky behaviour among children including affiliation with deviant peers, engaging in delinquent behaviour, or substance use and abuse, according to the researchers.”We found that when mothers were not receiving enough sleep, or receiving poor quality sleep, it had an effect on their levels of permissiveness with their adolescents,” said Kelly Tu from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It may be that they’re more irritable, experiencing impaired attention, or so over-tired that they are less consistent in their parenting. But on the plus side, we also find that mothers who are receiving adequate sleep are less likely to be permissive with their adolescents,” she added. The study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, focused on the effect of maternal sleep on parenting of adolescents.Tu explained that during adolescence – 11 to 18 years of age – parental involvement is an important factor regarding how well their kids are adjusting socially, emotionally and behaviourally. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Given that permissive parenting may heighten the risk of adolescents’ risky behaviours, we wanted to take a step back to ask what’s driving these permissive parenting behaviours, and to see if sleep could be a contributing factor,” Tu said.In order to examine maternal sleep duration and quality, the study included 234 mothers who were asked to wear actigraphs – a wristwatch-like device – for seven consecutive nights which tracked their movements at night and determined whether there was a disruption in sleep. Simultaneously, the adolescent children of the participants of an average age of 15 years completed questionnaires about how they perceived their mothers’ parenting.The results showed that mothers who had a longer duration of sleep or who were able to fall asleep easily, had adolescents who reported lower levels of permissive parenting.The study is significant as it points out the need for self-care and the importance of sleep, according to Tu.last_img read more

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VIDEO LeSean McCoy says Colin Kaepernick isnt good enough to justify the

first_img Advertisement Colin Kaeprnick remains unsigned, and the polarizing debate continues. Kaepernick supporters say he is being blackballed for his social activism, and the anti-Kaep crowd say he just isn’t good enough to justify bringing in the extra media media attention and would be a distraction if signed.Kaepernick is supported by a large number of current NFL players, Bills running back LeSean McCoy is not among them. While speaking to the media yesterday, McCoy said the distractions Kaep would bring outweigh his on-field benefit.McCoy said if Kaep was good enough, teams would line up to sign him.“He’s not really a good enough player to deal with it.” McCoy is already getting pushback from Kaepernick’s army of supporters, which is not surprising given the intensity of the debate.last_img read more

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6 MindBlowing Tech Trends Shaping the Next Decade

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Innovations and disruptions are becoming increasingly common as they occur at never before seen rates. Many of the technologies that we expect to shape the future have already started making an impact on our lives. Yet, recent developments in these areas are pointing to significant repercussions that these technologies will have on our everyday lives in the future, often in unexpected ways.Here are six key trends in technology that will impact our lives over the next decade.1. Quantum mechanics and its impact on living processes.The use of quantum mechanics in computing has led to significant progress in the creation of larger and more powerful machines that can solve complex problems that are outside the realm of capability for today’s classical computers. IBM, Google and Intel are among the tech conglomerates making giant strides in the race to create truly functional quantum computers. Presently, IBM has a 50-qubit computer, accessible for use over a cloud platform which falls behind Google’s 72-qubit chip. However, Google’s version is yet to have practical applications to test it while IBM already has researchers working with it.While scientists are looking into the mysterious forces of quantum mechanics that will deliver the next major computing breakthrough, quantum forces have been helping scientists unravel the mysteries of life itself.In recent years, there have been some significant breakthroughs in the exciting field of Quantum Biology, a fast emerging discipline that examines whether quantum mechanics plays a fundamental part in biology and the living processes of organisms. In their landmark 2014 paper, a team at University College London found evidence that quantum mechanical forces play a crucial role in supporting energy transfer during photosynthesis in plants, or the fundamental process that ultimately powers most life on earth.In the field of quantum computing, one of the barriers hampering the development of quantum computers is the high instability of qubits (the quantum equivalent of classical bits used in our present day computers). For quantum computing to work, the physical objects such as chips, which implement qubits, need to be in a supercooled energy state for qubits to remain stable. Even at that low temperature, qubits retain stability for an extremely short time; a challenge scientists are fighting to overcome.As it turns out, though, living things including humans, have been relying on quantum mechanics at room temperature inside the wet and messy world of biology for a very long time. For instance, scientists are baffled by the manner in which enzymes accelerate processes. At times this acceleration is more than a trillion-fold. In recent decades, experiments have revealed a trick known as quantum tunneling. This is the process through which electrons vanish from one position inside a molecule and appear instantly in another. Evidence of the crucial role played by these quantum mechanical forces in many biological processes is fast emerging. This includes in respiration, vision, in shaping our sense of smell and even in affecting DNA mutations that are fundamental to the existence of all life.As this emerging field develops in the coming decade, could these mysterious and confusing quantum forces that seem to defy all reality, help shed light on the ultimate question of what it means to be alive?Related: IBM Just Made a Powerful Research Tool Available to Everyone for Free2: CRISPR and the DIY gene editing movement.CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) refers to a technology that allows scientists to edit the DNA within genes to make precise changes to cells. An ability to alter the genetic blueprint of life essentially makes it possible to modify the traits of living things. It allows for high specificity, effectively knocking out specific genes, making precision edits to DNA, stimulating activation or repressing genes.The technology has been around for the past decade or so and has been used to change the DNA of plants and animals in beneficial ways. It works by isolating a specific DNA strand and replacing it with the desired one. It has been used with success to create insect-resistant crop varieties and hardier livestock. However, it also offers great potential in healthcare. Cell modeling offers prospects of curing genetic diseases.Some of the recent research projects in the field include efforts to wipe out malaria by introducing malaria-resistant mosquitoes and fixing defective bone marrow cells to cure sickle cell anemia. There is unlimited potential for CRISPR, but the science world is still in the early stages of figuring out practical applications for this technology. When a technique as powerful as CRISPR is born into the radically connected and open-source world of the internet, some interesting things (good and bad) tend to happen.On the positive side, knowledge tends to flow away from being trapped behind the monolithic research labs of large corporations to being accessible and available in open communities. Similar to the counterculture movement that happened during the personal computer revolution in the 80s, there is a wave of citizen-driven, DIY research being powered by a new breed of amateur biohackers. But unlike during the PC era, the stakes are much higher now with CRISPR — the hackers from the 80s couldn’t mess with DNA, the blueprint for life.Understandably, strong ethical concerns have been raised around the application of CRISPR technology. For instance, a year ago, a biotech CEO publicly injected himself with an untested treatment for herpes. This is, by no means, an exception in biohacking stunts. But, if harnessed correctly, the principles of openness and knowledge sharing that underpins these DIY biohacker movements will seed interest amongst a new breed of talent who otherwise might not have been exposed to the CRISPR technology at all.It is important to encourage these open source biohacking movements, while also implementing strong ethical rules around them. Such movements will help seed interest in the next generation of Steve Jobs and Linus Torvald who might be biohacking away in their parent’s garage right now!Related: A Bill Gates-Backed Gene Editing Startup Is Going Public3. Digital wealth, freelancing and non-traditional jobs.The rich get richer by owning good appreciating assets. As such, an individual who only has a high income but does not invest in good assets cannot create long-term generational wealth. This is especially true in this age of disruption and career uncertainties. Gone are our parents’ times of being a loyal employee to a company that would take care of you well into your retirement. Such career stability is a thing of the past. Flexible, short-term assignments and freelancing is the fastest growing job trend right now. According to a 2018 study conducted by Edelman Intelligence and Upwork, nearly half (46 percent) of Generation Z college graduates (born between 1997-2000) are opting to be freelancers rather than taking up traditional jobs. This number is only expected to grow in the next five years.Just as Gen Z is coming of age and starting to enter the workforce, other technological developments like the advent of the blockchain technology and the creation of cryptocurrencies are starting to redefine the notion of what it means to own assets in a digital world.A quick primer for the uninitiated, blockchain is a record-keeping technology that makes use of a distributed, decentralized, public ledger system. Simply put, it consists of a chain of blocks whereby a block contains digital information, and the chain is a public database. Blockchains form the foundation for the creation of digital assets which operate without the need for a central authority.As challenging as it is to wrap our heads around some of these concepts, for the digital native generation the idea of owning property that exists only in the digital world will be second nature. Thanks to a ton of experimentation and innovation in the area of asset tokenization, a new generation of “easy to own,” lightweight digital assets will be made available to the next generation. The next decade will showcase new types of digital asset types and hybrid asset ownership models that are unfamiliar to us today. However, like any new and emerging technology, a host of current growing pains will have to be addressed by entrepreneurs before the digital assets ecosystem can reach its full potential.Over the next decade, these technologies will lay the foundation for democratizing access to assets for the next generation. In the same manner that the internet democratized access to information for our generation, digital assets will make new forms of wealth accessible for the digital native generation in the coming decade.Related: The Most Important Blockchain Organizations You Should Know About4. The legalization of marijuana and the study of psychedelic drugs.In 1970, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are said to have high risk and no counterbalancing benefit. Many theories have been proposed to explain the criminalization of marijuana at that time when their wide-ranging medicinal use was well known. But recent decades have shown a marked difference in the societal attitude towards these plants, including renewed interest from academia with calls for more research into their potential health benefits.In a first for the industry, the US Food and Drug Administration in June 2018 approved a drug derived from the marijuana plant for the treatment of severe pediatric epilepsy. Additionally, 33 US states (and counting) have given medical marijuana legal status for treating a wide variety of illnesses.In line with this trend, there has also been a resurgence in academic research into psychedelic drugs for treating “untreatable” mental disorders. They too are following more or less the same path as their close cousin, marijuana, after being made illegal as Schedule I drugs in 1977. Notably, such bans have mostly been due to pressure from big pharmaceuticals companies which are virtually uninvolved in the ongoing research.Psychedelic drugs are chemical substances capable of inducing hallucinations as well as sensory disturbances. Some of the most well-known psychedelics include lysergic acid (LSD), psilocybin which naturally occurs in “magic mushrooms” and mescaline, found in the peyote cactus. In the recent past, institutions such as John Hopkins, New York University, UCLA and others have been researching the use of these drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety resulting from cancer, alcoholism and depression.A recent study published by researchers at the John Hopkins University showed that psilocybin produced substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer. Quoting the results of the study, “… mystical-type experiences on session days mediated the effect of psilocybin dose on therapeutic outcomes. Participants, staff, and community observers rated participant moods, attitudes, and behaviors throughout the study. High-dose psilocybin produced large decreases in clinician- and self-rated measures of depressed mood and anxiety, along with increases in quality of life, life meaning, and optimism, and decreases in death anxiety. At 6-month follow-up, these changes were sustained, with about 80% of participants continuing to show clinically significant decreases in depressed mood and anxiety. Study participants attributed improvements in attitudes about life/self, mood, relationships, and spirituality to the high-dose experience, with >80% endorsing moderately or greater increased well-being/life satisfaction, which was further supported by community observer ratings showing corresponding changes. “Healing mental conditions like depression is complex and intricate due to the wide range of triggers, including the non-physiological factors that might be involved. Recent studies are showing a sharp rise in depression amongst our general population, especially amongst teens. These numbers are reaching never-before-seen epidemic proportions.A noteworthy development took place in October 2018 when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted psilocybin therapy for depression treatment, which is a Breakthrough Therapy designation. This designation presents a fast pathway for approval of drugs that display significant advantages over existing treatment methods. It even allows the FDA to assist and speed up the process.Denver is the first US jurisdiction to relax regulations on psilocybin when voters approved a referendum to decriminalize the drug. More recently, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, psychedelics researcher Robin Cahart-Harris said that the drugs are edging closer to gaining regulatory approval. Noteworthy, too, is the fact that investments into the field are also coming in. In the summer of 2018, a startup backed by Peter Thiel, a renowned Silicon Valley tech investor, made enough profits from psilocybin to afford to send 20,000 people on a psychedelic trip. After that, in November, an entrepreneur from Germany launched Atai Life Sciences, a $25 million startup whose objective is to back up research studies into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for treating psychiatric diseases.By virtue of the advancements taking place in this area, the coming decade will see tremendous progress in fighting mental disorders that were previously elusive to treatment. Current research in this area might even provide a window into understanding the nature of our consciousness itself.Related: How Open Relationships and Psychedelics Have Shaped This Entrepreneur’s Mindset5: A new space race and asteroid mining.While 2018 was a great year for space travel, 2019 promises to be extraordinary with 25 various launches planned around the globe. As NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary since man’s first lunar landing, its astronauts could go back to space from the Florida Space Coast for the first time in seven years. At the same time, NASA is pushing to return to the moon and even carry out a Mars exploration.Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is currently working on commercial flights to the moon.  SpaceX also has a busy year ahead after having flown a record 21 times in 2018.China has laid out plans to dominate space, in spite of being a latecomer to the race. After NASA rejected the idea of landing on the far side of the moon, China landed its spacecraft Chang’e-4 there on January 3, 2019. The move was widely considered a remarkable achievement. They went where no man had gone before.As the next space age heats up, one unexpected area that’s poised for significant disruption is the precious metals industry. Asteroid mining, which was once science fiction, seems set to become one of the significant emerging areas related to space travel. There has been a lot of interest based on the revelation that the asteroid belt is positively brimming with mineral elements which are running low on earth. These include iron, nickel, water, gold, tungsten cobalt, ammonia, hydrogen, and nitrogen among others.NASA is at the forefront of the initiative, as it plans to probe 16 Psyche, an asteroid that is entirely made out of metal. Located in the asteroid belt area between Mars and Jupiter, the 16 Psyche could potentially yield iron worth $10,000 quadrillion. According to NASA estimates, the entire asteroid belt could be worth nearly $700 quintillion ($100 billion for everyone on earth).A significant benefit of asteroid mining is the potential to rid planet earth of damage resulting from mining exploits. It would also alleviate the current environmental crisis resulting from depletion of rare minerals. Mining on earth mostly occurs under highly unethical and toxic conditions. Taking it to outer space opens up the possibility of using robots, which cannot be exploited.In a bid to harness the economic benefits of the initiative, organizations are already positioning themselves in readiness for future efforts. For instance, Luxembourg is already working on becoming the European haven for asteroid mining. Deep Space Industries is also developing technology to make asteroid mining feasible. Asteroid Touring Nanosatellite Fleet, which was proposed in 2018, could probably inform the first step in the initiative.Asteroid mining is bound to impact the current precious metal industry significantly. Over the past century, gold has remarkably retained its high purchasing power for over a century. In 1913, an ounce of gold bought 157 gallons of gas. Today, more than a hundred years later, an ounce of gold buys over 546 gallons of gas. That’s a 248 percent increase in purchasing power. But, with the advent of new deposits that become accessible through space mining, it will be interesting to see how well something like gold will hold up its purchasing power over the next 100 years.According to John Zarnecki, the Royal Astronomical Society president and professor of Space Sciences at the Open University, getting a proof-of-concept could take 25 years. It might be another 50 years before the initiative gets a commercial start.Related: Entrepreneurs in Space: Musk Shouldn’t Have Mars All to Himself6: The decade of the distracted mind and the rise of meditation.Life in the digital world has made this the decade of the distracted mind. We witnessed a year of algorithms, content changes in 2018 (Snapchat, Insta, Tumblr) and social media backlash via altered images, fake news and Cambridge Analytica.High accessibility to social media has had significant impacts on users. More than 210 million people globally are estimated to suffer from addiction to social media and the internet. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in depressive symptoms for teens who spend five hours every day on their phones. As a result of the addiction, the number of young adults suffering negative effects on the quality of sleep increased from 26 percent in 2015 to 41 percent in 2017.According to Professor Gabrielle Egan from the UK University of Montfort, “The problem with social networks is that they generate addiction… Nobody wants to spend hours every day updating their status and observing what other people think about them, nobody wants to do that consciously, but those behaviors are addictive… Once you get stuck in that loop, it’s very hard to break it.”Notably, the average adult’s attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to about 8 seconds today. Compared to the pre-digital era, people living in the current age have to simultaneously deal with multiple stimuli rather than concentrating on a single one. The high competition for attention is, in turn, sparking renewed interest in age-old spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness.Subsequently, the age of social media will inadvertently spawn an era of spiritual resurgence as people strive to find themselves amongst the chaos. In fact, in the rising quest for quietness, silent retreats and other mindfulness concepts are already becoming a trend. In 2017, books that offer a path to spiritual growth experienced a sales surge of 13 percent according to a global sales monitor. Similarly, in the US, over 14 percent of adults said they had practiced yoga in 2017, from a mere 9.5 percent in 2012. At the same time, recent studies have shown that the overall trend towards traditional religion has also been falling, especially among young adults.Given these trends, as people continually strive to achieve that elusive work-life balance, mindfulness and wellness initiatives in various forms will take center stage, and new forms of digital spiritualism will gain momentum in the coming decades.Related: 7 Proven Ways Meditating Prepares You for SuccessTo me, the most exciting aspect of examining future trends is the butterfly effect. This effect is the tendency of a single trend or technology to cause a snowball effect in seemingly unrelated areas. We can’t pinpoint which of these butterfly effects will be dominant in the future. The key is to keep a close eye on each of these areas and recalibrate our thinking based on how each of these areas evolves over time.Throwing rocks into a lake is an excellent analogy to demonstrate this process. You can reasonably predict that a number of these rocks are going to hit the water surface and that a bunch of waves are going to be created. However, trying to predict how exactly these waves will emerge and interact with other waves is a losing game. The first and most important step is to be watching in the right direction when these rocks hit the water’s surface! Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free 15+ min read May 24, 2019last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, February 22. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:14Accident reported on Badger Avenue in CreweBadger Avenue in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved at Underwood Lane. 18:03Broken down vehicle on A50 near Blythe BridgeOne lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on A50 Westbound at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).One lane has been closed to towards the roundabout.17:33Accident reported near Crackley BankCedar Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Crackley Bank.Near Waterhayes Surgery.17:00One lane closed due to broken down lorry on A500A Highways England spokesman said:We have a lane 1 closure on the A500 southbound between the junctions of the A527 for Wolstanton and A53 for Etruria for a broken down HGV. Highways England Traffic Officers are on scene. “16:56Traffic now flowing smoothly in Trentham Gardens areaTrentham Gardens are now reporting traffic is flowing smoothly.16:32Lane shut due to broken down car on M6 between Stafford and Stoke-on-TrentOne lane closed due to broken down car on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed.16:30Long delays at Trentham GardensThere are long delays getting out of Trentham Gardens today, with some motorists reporting being stuck for around an hour.16:16Accident in Sneyd GreenSneyd Street partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5272 Hanley Road.16:13Accident reported in LeekSouthbank Street partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Leonard Street.16:11Firefighters tackle North Staffordshire kitchen fireFire crews were called shortly after 3.30pm today. More here.15:52Signalling problem causing delays on trainsDelays of up to 15 minutes on CrossCountry Southbound between Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent due to signalling problem.Trains have to run at reduced speed on the Southbound line. 15:44One lane shut due to accident on M6 between J19 and J18One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of four) is closed. There was an earlier breakdown here. 15:34Accident on A53 near WhitmoreA53 in both directions partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident near Three Mile Lane.Affecting traffic between Whitmore and Baldwin’s Gate.15:33Traffic heavy on A50 in UttoxeterQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 in both directions around A518 Derby Road (Water Bridge roundabout).At present, there are no reports of any accidents or incidents, could be half term traffic on the move.12:43Queuing traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is eight minutes. 12:43All lanes are now open #M6 Northbound between J14 #Creswell and J15 #Hanchurch. The broken down van has been recovered.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 22, 201912:16Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 11:32A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 11:31A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 10:24A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 10:02vehicle has been safely towed to the hardshoulder traffic running freely #m6#j16— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) February 22, 201910:02A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 09:46Queuing traffic due to earlier accident, a car involved on M6 Southbound at J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.Traffic released by 09:30. Lane three (of three) was closed until around 09:25 when traffic was held. 08:33Traffic easing on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).08:04Slow traffic on A500 D Road Northbound between Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off, Audley) and M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe, Barthomley).08:03We are @asda, Queensway, Stafford, ST16 3TA today talking about the M6 Junction 13 to 15 smart motorway. Come along and meet our project team. Find out more: https://t.co/uCXEh0bFS3 pic.twitter.com/9zHkQrxAOz— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 22, 201907:57Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 07:56 Slow traffic on A500 D Road Northbound between Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off, Audley) and M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe, Barthomley). 07:24Slow traffic on A500 D Road Northbound between Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off) and M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).07:14Cocknage Road in both directions closed due to burst water main between Chaplin Road and Woodpark Lane.Affecting traffic between Cocknage and Dresden. Traffic sensors confirm the road remains closed. Police confirmed at 4.20pm yesterday the road will remain closed overnight.last_img read more

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Menindee to pioneer ecotourism for rural NSW

first_imgIn far west NSW, the remote town of Menindee has the potential to become a major eco-tourism destination. The town’s community will be given a presentation by the local branch of Regional Development Australia (RDA) during the week, reported ABC Online. According to the Menindee Lakes Wetlands Project, the town could be a pioneer for rural NSW towns in areas such as environmental tourism, outdoor activities and traditional Indigenous cultural expeditions.”There’s a lot of potential to develop the arts and crafts further, but it goes beyond that. It’s about providing an experience for tourists from any part of the country or from anywhere in the world,” CEO of RDA Far West NSW, Linda Nadge said.There’s a lot of history in Menindee from traditional owners and the RDA has received positive feedback overall, she continued.110 kilometres southeast of Broken Hill, Menindee has over 170 different bird species – more than Kakadu – when its lakes are full; with three times the water capacity of Sydney Harbour. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

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