Conservatives want to renew and deepen relationship with Aboriginal peoples

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government unveiled its priorities Friday with a Speech from the Throne that pledged to “renew and deepen” Canada’s relationship with First Nations by removing the “barriers to social and economic participation that many Aboriginal Canadians face.”The speech, read by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, laid out the agenda for the recently elected Conservative majority government which largely focused on the economy and getting the country’s book back in the black.In a section of the speech titled, “Here for communities and industries,” the government said it wanted to better integrate Aboriginal people into the Canadian economic and social mainstream.“Canada’s Aboriginal peoples are central to Canada’s history, and our government has made it a priority to renew and deepen our relationship,” said Johnston. “The contribution of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples will be important to our future prosperity. Concerted action is needed to address the barriers to social and economic participation that many Aboriginal Canadian’s face.”The government pledged to “promote access to clean water” and use more clean energy technology in Aboriginal and northern communities.The government also promised to build on the work of the blue-ribbon panel announced by the Conservatives in their previous incarnation as a minority government tasked with studying ways to improve on-reserve elementary and secondary education.The government also said it planned to improve and expand adult basic education in the territories.“Our government will engage with partners to make concrete, positive changes to give First Nations children a better education so they can realize their dreams,” said Johnston.New investments are also planned for First Nations Land Management, a legislative-based program created to allow First Nations to develop codes and laws to govern and manage reserve lands.The government is also planning to introduce legislation on matrimonial real property rights to govern the handling of on-reserve assets following a divorce or death.“Our government will also introduce legislation to ensure that people living on reserve have the same matrimonial real property rights and protections as other Canadians,” Johnston said.The government also said it would complete the complete the last leg of the Dempster Highway, finally linking Inuvik, NT., to Tuktoyaktuk, NT.“Thereby realizing (former prime minister)John Diefenbaker’s vision,” said Johnston.The North would also continue to be a “cornerstone” of the government’s agenda, said Johnston.“The strongest expression of our sovereignty comes through presence and actions, not words,” he said. “Our government will continue to exercise leadership in the stewardship of northern lands and waters.”There are also plans to create an urban national park in the Rouge Valley of eastern Toronto.“In this, the 100th anniversary year of our national parks system, our government will create significant new protected areas,” said Johnston. “It will work with provincial, regional, municipal, Aboriginal and community stakeholders toward establishing an urban national park.”The speech made no mention of any plans for a meeting between Harper and First Nations leaders.Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo has been calling for a meeting.The event, held in the Senate Red Chamber, was momentarily upstaged by Senate page Brigette Marcelle, 21, who stepped onto the chamber floor with a red, “Stop Harper” sign for a few seconds before she was escorted away.“Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,” said a statement from Marcelle sent to APTN National News. “We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate.”She has been fired.last_img read more

Morocco’s World Welterweight Boxing Champion Earns Only $300 a month

Rabat – Last week Moroccans expressed their happiness to see their countryman win a gold medal at the AIBA World Championship in Doha, an unprecedented performance in Morocco’s history. By winning World Welterweight Boxing Championship, Rabii becomes the first Moroccan, Arab and African to win the world title.Amidst this atmosphere of joy and excitement, many Moroccans thought that the 23-year old champion has already secured his financial future and will be reaping the benefit of his long years of hard work, self-denial and sacrifice. There was even a rumor that he earned 120,000 dollars after his performance in the world championship.But probably nobody knew that the new Moroccan star has been living on a meagre salary paid by the Moroccan Federation of Boxing.To the surprise of every Moroccan, Rabii revealed that he has not received any prize money for winning the championship and he lives off the MAD 3,000 salary per month he receives from the Moroccan Federation. Invited to a radio program hosted by Hit Radio on Sunday, the Moroccan athlete said told the host of the program, that he earns as little as MAD 3,000.Rabbi went to add that a boxer who is member of the national team, receives MAD 3,000 per month, in addition to the bonuses he obtains when winning national or international title.The Moroccan champion makes a salary that is hardly 30 per cent above the country’s minimum wage, which stands at MAD 2,200. read more

When to Avoid Driving During Eid al-Fitr

Rabat – The National Motorway Company of Morocco (ADM) recommends drivers plan their trip in advance to avoid traffic jams during Eid al-Fitr.The National Motorway Company said they expect heavy traffic on all roads for Eid al-Fitr, especially in the following times:-Thursday, June 14, 2018 between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. -Sunday, June 17, 2018 between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.On Sunday, drivers must be careful about the traffic, because it will coincide with the return of families from Eid holidays.For more safety and comfort, ADM recommends drivers download the ADM traffic application in order to learn more about the traffic situation.ADM also advises drivers to use the Tag Jawaz to quickly pay the highway toll at paying stations.Morocco is investing approximately EUR 23 billion in road construction.Increasing safety is an important goal for the ADM, which believes that extending the expressway network will increase overall safety as the through-going (and often high-speed) traffic is moved away from the national roads. read more

French Embassy not happy

The cinema part of the Festival comprised screening, in the premises of the BMICH, of Sri Lankan and French films selected by the Embassy. The Embassy said that the film “Flying Fish” had been chosen to be screened at the film festival, due to its international recognition in festivals in Asia and in France. “The Embassy of France regrets this unfortunate incident and the embarrassment for the general public and for the French Spring partners and sponsors,” the French Embassy in Colombo said.The Embassy said that the aim of the Spring Festival Cultural Festival is to strengthen the friendly relations between France and Sri Lanka and in no way to harm any part of the Sri Lankan diverse society. The Embassy received from the Public Performances Board the certifications authorising the screening of all these movies. The conditions put to the screening of “Flying Fish”, such as its one time only presentation to a selected invited audience without children have been respected.The Embassy of France had however been informed yesterday by the Board of Management of the SWRD Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation of its decision to suspend the French Film Festival on “account of the contents of and the sentiments contained in the Sinhala Film “Flying Fish”. The Embassy of France in Colombo says it regrets the unfortunate incident and the embarrassment for the general public and for the French Spring partners and sponsors after the local authorities had ordered the suspension of the French Film Festival.The French Film Festival had been organised by the Embassy of France between June 18th and July 14th, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and many others partners and sponsors. The Festival provided opportunities for artists from the two countries to perform on a common stage and/or to share mutual experiences. In its framework, a dozen events have been presented in various artistic fields such as music, songs, dance, fashion, photography, books and gastronomy. read more

Alberta to spend more to cut methane emissions by encouraging new technology

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 21, 2016 9:37 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Alberta plans to spend more money to cut methane emissions.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says another $33 million will be added to the $7 million already pledged to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas by 45 per cent by 2025.She says the money will go toward developing advanced technologies.Methane comes from many sources including the production of coal, natural gas, oil, livestock and other farm practices as well as from the decay of organic waste.The money will come from an organization created by the government called Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and is to be funded by a carbon levy that heavy CO2 emitters have paid into since 2007.ERA was formerly known as the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.The NDP government said it changed the name to better reflect its emissions reduction mandate.“Innovation is vital to the global issue of climate change,” Phillips said Friday in a release.“By developing the next generation of innovative and clean technology, we build a sustainable and diversified economy that attracts investment, creates jobs, expands market access and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”Under the program companies with methane reduction ideas can apply for up to $5 million.Tim McMillan, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said Alberta’s announcement reiterates the shared commitment of government and industry to use technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions.“The world will benefit from clean Canadian oil and natural gas,” McMillan said in a release. Alberta to spend more to cut methane emissions by encouraging new technology read more

Who Will Advance From The CONCACAF Womens World Cup Qualifiers

The opening matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Championship were played on Wednesday, marking the start of the nine-month countdown to next summer’s Women’s World Cup. Although the focus Wednesday night was on the United States (six-time CONCACAF champions and the tournament’s host), the spotlight quickly shifted to the U.S. women’s opponent, Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidadians managed to hold the Americans scoreless until the 55th minute, when Abby Wambach headed in her 171st international goal (the all-time record for any American player, male or female). The U.S. won 1-0.Up to five teams from the North American, Central American and Caribbean football associations might appear at next year’s World Cup. Only three CONCACAF teams played in the 2011 tournament (the U.S., Canada and Mexico). As next year’s host, Canada receives an automatic bid, which in turn allows for an “extra” CONCACAF spot. The top three teams from the CONCACAF Championship will automatically qualify. The fourth-place team will play in a two-game series against Ecuador, who placed third in the 2014 Copa América Femenina, to determine who goes to the World Cup.All of this to say that an otherwise unlikely CONCACAF team, like Trinidad and Tobago, could make its World Cup debut in 2015. But just how likely are the Soca Princesses to be one of the top four CONCACAF tournament teams?To calculate the expected wins and various probabilities for each team in the tournament, we used the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, which are based on a variant of our old friend the Elo ratings. FIFA provides a nice explanation of how to turn their ratings into win probabilities for a given matchup (though for group stage matches we had to adjust the formula a bit to account for the possibility of draws). Once we had the ratings and probabilities, we programmed a Monte Carlo simulation to run 1,000 simulations and track how well each team performed in the group stage, as well as how far it advanced in the knockout round.Despite last night’s disorganized formation and lack of finishing from the U.S. side, the Americans are still far and away the CONCACAF favorites, with a 95.5 percent chance of winning the tournament. Mexico is the next most likely team to win, but it has only a 3.8 percent chance. Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, has a less than 1 percent chance of winning.Below are the expected group points and win probabilities for every CONCACAF tournament team:Fortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, reaching the knockout round of the tournament is enough to give the team a shot at going to the World Cup, and it has a 51.2 percent chance of doing just that. Wednesday night’s quality performance, including 11 saves by Trinidadian goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, may bode well. Haiti sits just behind Trinidad in Group A, with a 45.3 percent chance of reaching the knockout round. Haiti also edged past Guatemala last night 1-0, despite going down a player in the 17th minute after goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was issued a straight red card.The Group B matches start Thursday night, with Costa Rica taking on top-seeded Mexico, and Jamaica playing Martinique (Martinique can’t qualify for the World Cup because it is not a member of FIFA, so we threw out the two simulations we ran where Martinique advanced). Mexico is the most likely team to advance from Group B, with a 94.4 percent chance, but Costa Rican standout Shirley Cruz Traña (who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain in one of the top women’s leagues) will likely be a major threat in Thursday’s game.The next Group A matches take place Friday, when the U.S. will resume play against Haiti. After Wednesday night’s performance, newly appointed head coach Jill Ellis may be looking to tweak a rather chaotic formation. The U.S. players veered from their typical 4-4-2 formation against the Trinidadians; Wambach sat in an attacking midfield spot but she often drifted forward, creating what looked almost like a 4-1-3-2 at times. Similarly, Trinidad will need to break from Wednesday night’s defensive 4-5-1 formation to put some points up against Guatemala.We’ll be updating our predictions periodically throughout the CONCACAF tournament.Oliver Roeder contributed analysis.CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 4:37 p.m.): A previous version of this post included a table with an incorrect column header. The table lists the chances of placing third, not reaching the third-place game. read more

How A MultipleChoice Test Became A Fixture Of The NFL Draft

What it was designed for was something more basic. In the 1930s, Eldon “E.F.” Wonderlic — friends called him Al — was working as the director of personnel at consumer loan provider Household Finance Corporation.5It’s now called HSBC Finance. His employer was looking for a more efficient way to hire entry-level workers at its branches, so it sent Wonderlic to graduate school at Northwestern in hopes that his research would yield a solution to the problem.E.F. Wonderlic acknowledged that the single best predictor of job performance was previous work experience. But as Charles Wonderlic put it: “How do you predict someone’s performance if they have never done that job before?” The second-best predictor of job performance, E.F. Wonderlic reasoned, was cognitive ability.“What he found was that different jobs had different cognitive demands ranging from very low to very high,” said Charles Wonderlic, E.F.’s grandson. “And there were really distinct IQs around each job. And the further away you got from that distribution, that’s when you started to experience problems.”The original Wonderlic Personnel Test was born out of that theory. The first copyrighted version of the test appeared in 1937. Its brevity and simple scoring system, Charles Wonderlic said, allowed virtually any manager to both administer the test and interpret scores. (This is also the likely reason for modern pundits’ love of Wonderlic scores: They’re easy talking points.)After a stretch at Douglas Aircraft Corporation during World War II, E.F. Wonderlic worked in finance and sold copies of his test. He didn’t advertise, but eventually big companies like Spiegel and AT&T started calling. In 1961, E.F. Wonderlic left his job as president of General Finance Corporation and founded E.F. Wonderlic & Associates. By then, Charles Wonderlic said, an estimated 4 million people a year were taking the WPT.In the early 1960s, Gil Brandt was a young scout with the expansion Dallas Cowboys. “We were not a very good team,” he told me. His bosses, general manager Tex Schramm and coach Tom Landry, were looking for ways to change that. After doing some research, Brandt said that the trio determined that successful businesses used the Wonderlic and the team should, too. It’s unclear exactly when the Cowboys began testing players. Brandt did say that at some point during the ’60s, he remembers watching spring practice at Northwestern and then stopping by the Wonderlic headquarters to learn more about the company.By the late ’60s, George Young was an ambitious personnel assistant for the Baltimore Colts. He’d been a public school teacher before transitioning to football full time, and he asked the head of the guidance department in Baltimore for a handful of different tests to peruse. Of the 10 he reportedly looked at, the Wonderlic stuck out, and soon the Colts began using it.Other teams followed suit by the 1970s, and the NFL eventually began to use it to assess college players en masse. Since 2007, Wonderlic, Inc. staff members have traveled annually to Indianapolis to administer the test at the Scouting Combine. As Charles Wonderlic drove from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to his company’s headquarters near Chicago on February 27, 2011, he made the mistake of turning on a sports radio show. The host, as Wonderlic remembers, was talking about Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy’s near-perfect Wonderlic score. Each winter, hundreds of football prospects take the multiple-choice test that claims to measure their intelligence. Results are supposed to be kept confidential, yet they always seem to become media fodder.In reality, there’s no way anyone could’ve known McElroy’s score. On that day four years ago, as reports of McElroy’s supposed feat trickled out, sealed boxes containing every single Wonderlic answer sheet were sitting in Charles Wonderlic’s car, still unscanned. Wonderlic, Inc. didn’t send an encrypted file of the players’ results to the NFL until March 1. Unsurprisingly, a variety of news outlets ran with the story anyway.1For example: purveyor of NFL rumors and gossip ProFootballTalk — which, has since mostly ended its coverage of Wonderlic scores — published three conflicting blog posts about McElroy’s alleged score. The first named McElroy’s alleged score, the second quoted an anonymous scout saying there was “no chance” McElroy’s score could’ve leaked that quickly, and the third claimed that McElroy didn’t score as high as initially reported. The third report was closest to the mark, as it turned out. The months leading up to the NFL Draft feel like election season: Everybody’s trying to dig up dirt on candidates.“Are we just so starved for information this time of year that we search for anything?” wondered NFL Scouting Combine director Jeff Foster, who only agreed to be interviewed for this article after I assured him that I wouldn’t be reporting individual Wonderlic scores.In an era when the NFL schedule release is treated like the premiere of the new “Star Wars,” the answer to Foster’s question is a resounding “yes.” We crave even the smallest bits of information about players entering the NFL Draft, even if it’s not meant for our consumption. Forget Foster’s estimate that half the Wonderlic scores he sees in news stories are incorrect. As long as the test is administered at the Combine, media and fans will fixate on it.“The only person it impacts is the player,” Foster said of a leaked Wonderlic score. “How would you like to be branded unintelligent because you scored a 5 on an intelligence test?”The story of the Wonderlic, however, is more than just a range of easily regurgitated numbers. It’s the story of how one guy’s American Dream helped shape a new American pastime. Eldon Wonderlic. Wonderlic Inc. But before we get there, let’s first look at what the Wonderlic purportedly tests. “What we’re measuring is not what you know — that’s what’s being measured on the ACT or the SAT,” said Charles Wonderlic, president and CEO of Wonderlic Inc. “This is really saying, ‘How quickly does your brain gather and analyze information?’” The 12-minute Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT) features 50 questions arranged by difficulty, lowest to highest. Here’s a sample:Jose’s monthly parking fee for April was $150; for May it was $10 more than April; and for June $40 more than May. His average monthly parking fee was ___ for these 3 months?J) $66K) $160L) $166M) $170N) $2002The answer: M) $170A player’s Wonderlic score is always a number between 1 and 50, and across all professions, the average score is approximately 21. (Systems analysts and Chemists top the scale 32 at 31, respectively.) For pro football players, the oft-cited number is about 20. Tracking down the average scores by position is tricky, mainly because the buttoned-up NFL isn’t interested in sharing any broad Wonderlic data. In an email, Charles Wonderlic said that while his company has published “norms” for other industries, “we maintain the confidentiality of test scores for single organizations. Since the NFL is the only client by which we can produce a quarterback average, we would need their permission to provide this information. Traditionally, the NFL prefers to keep any information about tests scores internal to their own organization.”Like Wonderlic, Inc., the NFL declined to provide any historical data related to NFL players’ test scores for this piece.For his 19843The first edition of the book was published in 1970. classic “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football,” Sports Illustrated writer Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman did get one anonymous staffer to spill some then-current averages. Offensive tackles led the way at 26, then came centers (25), quarterbacks (24), offensive guards (23), tight ends (22), safeties and middle linebackers (21), defensive linemen and outside linebackers (19), cornerbacks (18), wide receivers and fullbacks (17), and halfbacks (16). And what about place kickers and punters? “Who cares?” the source said.On its own, a solid Wonderlic score means little. Like a 40-yard dash time, it provides one tiny, standardized data point to employers who presumably take a holistic approach to hiring. But because teams have decades of data on file, they can compare the Wonderlic scores of current college players entering the draft to those of past prospects. “They simply use it to find the extremes,” Foster said. A very low score or a very high score, he added, could lead teams to conduct more testing or look into the prospect more closely.“Wonderlic gives you an area to investigate,” the late New York Giants general manager George Young told the Philadelphia Daily News in 1997. “If a guy doesn’t have a good score on the test, you don’t say he’s not smart. But you go in and investigate and find out [why he scored low]. You go in and talk to his coach. You find out how he did in school. You find out how he retains. If you think he’s a poor reader and did poorly because it was a verbal test, you give him a non-verbal test.”The most famous extreme occurred in 1975, when Harvard receiver and punter Pat McInally4McInally’s post-NFL life has been much more interesting than his football career. He’s the guy who invented Starting Lineup action figures. reportedly scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic. The Cincinnati Bengals picked him in the fifth round of that year’s draft, but not before his reputed intelligence reportedly scared some teams away. In 2011, McInally told the Los Angeles Times that Young informed him that acing the Wonderlic “may have cost you a few rounds in the draft because we don’t like extremes. We don’t want them too dumb and we sure as hell don’t want them too smart.”That slightly paleolithic line of thinking, however, wasn’t shared by everyone. “I don’t care about that stuff,” the late Raiders owner Al Davis said in “The New Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football.” “If a kid is street smart, that’s enough. Our coaches’ job is to make a kid smarter. I just wonder if they checked some of the coaches’ IQs around the league, how high they’d score.”By now, the value of the Wonderlic has been debated so vigorously, especially among NFL executives, that it’s easy to forget that the test wasn’t designed for football. But the Wonderlic is not without its detractors. Charles Wonderlic estimated that since the test’s inception nearly 80 years ago, it has faced legal scrutiny hundreds of times.In the summer of 1965, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began operations a year after it was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Duke Power Company in Draper, North Carolina, began allowing its black employees to work in its higher-paying divisions. Until that point, black employees had only been permitted to work in the low-paying Labor department. Duke Power also instituted a policy that required all new applicants6Duke Power started permitting current employees without a high school degree to transfer to higher-paying departments in September of 1965, but to do so they still had to pass two aptitude tests. to have a high school diploma and pass two aptitude exams: the Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test.These measures crippled the efforts of black workers to advance. At the time, the percentage of white men who both possessed a high school diploma and were able to pass the two aptitude tests was significantly higher7According to the 1960 North Carolina census, 34 percent of white men had a high school diploma while only 12 percent of black men had the same level of education. The newly formed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that in this case, 58 percent of white people and only 6 percent of black people who took the Wonderlic and the Bennett tests passed. than the percentage of black men who met the same criteria.Griggs v. Duke Power Co., a U.S. Supreme Court case argued in 1970, condemned the company’s requirements. Not only did they disproportionately affect black workers, but they also failed to show “a demonstrable relationship” to job performance, Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in the majority opinion. He also noted that nothing in the Civil Rights Act “precludes the use of testing or measuring procedures; obviously they are useful.”While the Wonderlic test has shown itself to be a useful tool for workplace assessment, it has also faced longstanding criticism from those who argue that it is racially and culturally biased. It’s unclear whether the NFL, a league in which more than 67 percent of players are African-American, agrees with those accusations or if the league actually uses the Wonderlic to make personnel decisions.“How determinative it is depends on the club,” former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi told ESPN.com in 2013, “but it’s usually not ‘the’ determinative factor.”When it comes to football, is the test a demonstrably reasonable measure of job performance? Because official NFL Wonderlic scores aren’t publicly available, it’s difficult to know for sure, but that hasn’t stopped researchers from attempting to find out. Brian D. Lyons, Brian J. Hoffman, and John W. Michel8At the time, Lyons, Hoffman and Michel were working at University of California, Fresno, the University of Georgia and Towson University, respectively co-authored a 2009 study examining the reported9They found the scores on NFLDraftScout.com and CBS.Sportsline.com. Wonderlic scores of 762 NFL players from three draft classes. They found that there was little correlation between Wonderlic scores and on-field performance, except for two positions: Tight ends and defensive backs with low scores actually played better than those with high scores. The researchers surmised that this “could be explained by the notion that performance for these positions entails more of an emphasis on physical ability and instinct” than general mental ability.Today, the NFL continues to ask potential draftees to take the Wonderlic, although the test now has company. In 2013, the league introduced the Player Assessment Tool, which was developed by attorney Cyrus Mehri, whose report led to the implementation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, and psychology professor Harold Goldstein. Louis Bien of SB Nation recently reported that the PAT is a 50-minute exam that examines a player’s football smarts, psychological attributes, learning style and motivational cues. “Players are not given a numeric score, unlike on the Wonderlic, so technically there is no way to do poorly on it,” Bien wrote.Mehri’s hope is that the new test can measure what the Wonderlic can’t. “This kind of levels the playing field from a socio-economic point of view,” he told USA Today. “A lot of guys may be very intelligent, but are not as book-smart as others. Someone may not be the best reader, but they can still be very smart in picking up things.”As long as the Wonderlic is administered at the NFL Scouting Combine, Foster, the Combine director, will be fielding questions about it — and shaking his head at leaked scores. “It has some value,” he said of the test. “It does not have near the value of what we spend talking about it between February and May.”After all, a high or low score won’t automatically doom or anoint a prospect. Just ask Greg McElroy. After doing exceptionally well on the Wonderlic in 2011, the New York Jets picked the quarterback in the seventh round of the draft. Before announcing his retirement in 2014, he played in a total of two NFL games. read more

Reilly announces biggest change to Irish hospitals in decades

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Health has announced a reorganisation of the country’s hospitals which has been described as the most fundamental reform of the Irish hospital system ‘in decades’.Hospitals will now be divided into one of six groups, with each group containing between six and eleven hospitals, including at least one major teaching hospital.Each group will work together a single entity to provide acute care for people in the area, with management structures to be put in place at group level. The Minister said the new groups will secure the future of smaller hospitals by allowing them to focus on providing certain kinds of treatments, with complex services concentrated at particular hospitals.The Minister described the new hospital groups is a “fundamental modernisation of our health system organisation”.In the report to the Minister on the establishment of hospital groups, a panel of national and international experts said that some Irish hospitals currently provide the same services within small geographical areas, which the group said was a wasteful use of resources.“By working in groups, hospitals will balance the services provided between the hospitals in each group based on the needs of their population,” the report said.Healthcare staff will be expected to work across a group rather than in individual hospitals, which the report says will reduce duplication in areas such as human resources and finances.HSE Director Tony O’Brien described the announcement as the most significant development in the organisation of Ireland’s hospital services since the development of the cancer centres.The new groups are:Dublin North EastDublin MidlandsDublin EastSouth/South WestWest/North WestMidwestRead: Government wants another year to reduce junior doctors’ hours >Read: Watchdog to inspect disability centres for the first time >last_img read more

22 signs that youre a Donegal sports fan

first_img22. The 1992 All-Ireland final is on video in its entirety in your house and must never be tampered withYouTube: Bryansford Gael21. You have something of an obsession with Glasgow CelticPic: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images20. You get a little worried with other sporting teams showing such an interest in Jim McGuinnessHands off Neil Lennon…Pic: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images…And you too Paul McGinleyPic: INPHO/Getty Images19. You weren’t happy with Joe Brolly for his kiss-blowing in the 1998 Ulster final18. You like to point out the Donegal roots of famous Irish sporting peopleRay Houghton is a Buncrana man…Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland Aiden McGeady is a Fanad man…Pic: INPHO/Donall FarmerJames McCarthy is an Annagry man…Pic: INPHO/James Crombie17. You believe this is the greatest point of all timeYouTube: KilkennyFootball16. You’ve become an expert on the fortunes of Bradford City since Carl McHugh signed for themPic: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images15. You’ve proudly worn your county jersey during Rag Week in GalwayTwitter: @MarkMcHugh114. You point out to rugby folk that Ramelton was the birthplace of Dave Gallaher, the captain of the All Black OriginalsPic: INPHO/Billy SticklandPic: INPHO/Billy Stickland13. You always shout on Finn Harps against Derry City even if they’ve only won 5 out of 59 games against the CandystripesPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy12. You always choose the Four Lights for your cuisine on the way home from a matchPic: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images11. You grew up hearing tales of the celebrations in 1992Pic: INPHO/Billy SticklandPic: INPHO/Billy Stickland10. People in South Donegal think that Fr Tierney Park in Ballyshannon is the spiritual home of GAA in the county. People in North Donegal think Fr Tierney Park is in Leitrim.Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan9. No GAA player has had a cooler hairstyle than Jim McGuinness8. You can’t decide which song you heard more often in Coppers during 2012Jimmy’s Winning Matches…YouTube: kilcardopeOr The Hills of Donegal…YouTube: Paulhaughey3D7. Throughout his 125 caps for Ireland, you saw Lifford’s Shay Given wear his heart on his sleevePic: INPHO/Billy SticklandPic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy6. He may have cost 160 grand when signed by Everton, but you reckon Killybegs greatest right-back is worth a lot more than that nowPic: INPHO/Getty Images5. Having said that, you do point out that Manus Boyle is the original Killybegs sporting legendPic: INPHO/James Meehan4. You’re thankful that Mick Murphy Snr moved from his native Mayo, settled in Donegal and provided this man to the county sidePic: INPHO/Donall Farmer3. Your father has told you that Packie Bonner saved better penalties back in the day for Keadue Rovers than his Italia 90 effortPic: INPHO/Billy Stickland2. You got as emotional as Martin and Mark McHugh last SeptemberYouTube: rte1. You know if the man on the left is the Godfather of Donegal football then the man on the right is simply GodPic: INPHO/James Crombie23 signs that you’re a Mayo sports fan23 signs that you’re a Galway sports fanlast_img read more

Extremely accurate replica NES is made entirely out of Lego

first_imgIf you spend any time on the internet, you’re bound to come across things made out of Lego that look astonishingly similar to their non-Lego counterparts. In the case of this replica NES, Flickr user weltall1028 went above and beyond the normal superb quality of replica Lego builds.From the outside, the replica build sports similar angles and sizes, as well as the power and reset buttons. The actual lid of the Lego console flips open as the real console would, and the dimensions are so accurate that a real NES cartridge fits inside, as seen below.The real treat, however, lies under the hood. Rather than actual working bits to make this a functional NES — thus destroying the pure Lego composition — weltall1028 made a little scene out of the replica console’s guttyworks. The top of the console pops off, another level is raised, and a little Lego man is revealed. When you don’t have actual electronics stuffed inside your replica console to make it work, we suppose the next best thing is to put an ad up on Craigslist and hire a little man to run the console himself.Weltall1028 not only builds other Lego creations, but messes around in Sony’s ModNation Racers as well — something of a LittleBigPlanet for kart racing. Head on over to the Flickr page and give the other Lego builds a browse, as they include a mini Guitar Hero 2 replica controller, as well as a Castlevania facade.last_img read more

Smartphone flexible Nokia dépose un brevet pour son concept Morph

first_imgSmartphone flexible: Nokia dépose un brevet pour son concept MorphS’agirait-il du téléphone du futur? Le Nokia Morph semble en tout cas être un projet d’avenir pour la firme finlandaise.Nokia vient, en effet, de déposer un brevet à l’USPTO, l’équivalent américain de notre INPI, pour protéger un produit au “corps élastique malléable”. Au moins deux configurations seraientdisponibles et le produit se composerait d’un processeur, de mémoire et d’une connexion sans fil.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ce concept, né en 2008, avait été présenté au musée d’art moderne de New-York. Unissant les efforts de l’Université de Cambridge et du centre de recherche Nokia, le Morph se compose de matériaux flexibles, de composants électroniques transparents et, plutôt pratique, de surfaces autonettoyantes. Plus de risque d’oxydation ni de chute, le Morph serait une vraie révolution. Il pourrait notamment s’enrouler autour du poignet, comme l’imagine cette vidéo.On a vraiment hâte de voir la sortie d’un tel produit, mais pour cela il faudra dépasser le stade du concept.Le 31 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jim Desmond on Board of Supervisors District 5

first_imgJim Desmond, on Board of Supervisors District 5. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Posted: November 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With over 60% reported, Jim Desmond looks to be the successor to Bill Horn. Jim Desmond joined us live Tuesday night with more: November 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

VIDEO Watch MarchAPella X Featuring Ball In The House Fermata Town WHS

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The 10th Annual March-A-Pella took place on Saturday, March 24 at Wilmington High School.This popular evening of a cappllea music was headlined by national recording group Ball in the House, and featured performances from the Boston-based group Fermata Town,  Boston University’s BosTones, Wheaton College’s The Wheatones and Wilmington’s own WHS Soundscape and WMS WilmingTones.Proceeds benefited the Wilmington High School CATS (Choral & Theatre Support) Group. A donation was taken up for the Wilmington Food Pantry.Full video of Marchapella X, uploaded online earlier this month courtesy of WCTV volunteer George Breslin, can be found below.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMarch-a-Pella X, A Night Of A Cappella Magic, Comes To Wilmington On March 24In “Community”VIDEO: Watch March-A-Pella 2016In “Videos”PHOTOS: March-A-Pella XI Provides A Wonderful Evening Of Music In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

Walker appoints Paramo to Board of Regents

first_imgGov. Bill Walker has chosen Deena Paramo to serve on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.Paramo is the superintendent of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. In a release Wednesday, Walker said the borough is one of the fastest-growing areas of Alaska and it’s important that the governing body for the university system has representation from that region.The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Legislature.Walker’s office says Paramo will fill the remainder of the term vacated by Michael Powers, who was recently appointed interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.last_img read more

Paleontologist Anthony Fiorillo studies Alaska dinosaurs

first_imgAlaska is a paleontological candy store. Those are the words of Texas-based scientist Anthony Fiorillo. He’s spent the last 19 years studying dinosaurs in Alaska. Before he left for this season’s Alaska field research, he spoke to APRN’s Lori Townsend, saying our state is so exciting to research because although the first fossils were found in 1961, the big work didn’t start until the mid 80s.Listen nowTony Fiorillo (Video screenshot by Liz O’Connell, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)FIORILLO: So it’s very, very new. And now that more people are looking, there’s just a tremendous amount of opportunity here. And that’s what prompted me to think of a candy store. And somebody gave me the keys, and it’s been a great ride.TOWNSEND: What are the more unique discoveries in Alaska?FIORILLO: Boy! That’s a tough one. I would almost feel like every one of the discoveries is unique. The idea that we’re finding new animals isn’t really that surprising. You can almost predict it. Because we are so far away from where anything else had been found. And just by virtue of that, you think geographically, you could make a prediction that, ‘I’ll bet there’s gonna be some new material here.’ And in some cases, that’s been the case. There are other dinosaurs that are found in the lower 48, and that’s OK. And so there are some dinosaurs like troodon, for example, which is a small meat-eating dinosaur. You find it in abundance on the North Slope. But you can go to West Texas and find it as well. But then there are some unique dinosaurs like the pygmy Tyranasaur, Nanuqsaurus and then the horned dinosaur’s unique a Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum are two examples of unique dinosaurs to Alaska.TOWNSEND: What’s on your agenda for this summer, where are you heading, and what are you looking for?FIORILLO: We’re going out from King Salmon out to Aniakchak National Monument where we’ll spend the next couple weeks looking at rocks that we think are about the same age as the rocks we’ve been working on in Denali an the rocks that we were working on along the Colville River. And that ages about 70 million years. I worked this area about 2001, 2002 and this was a park that intrigued me for a number of reasons. And literally in the last two hours of that expedition, I looked on the ground and there was a hadrosaur footprint and two hand prints. And it was the first time anything like that had been found. And I was giddy and speechless and grabbed everybody to make sure that they saw this in case something happened to me. This was like the most important thing I think had ever been found in human history. At least that’s what I thought. So, I made sure that somebody knew about this thing, And that was the first record of a dinosaur from Southwestern Alaska for this age. And what was nice about that was it launched a lot of enthusiasm in the park service, the region, so that other parks then opened their doors for me to come and look. And now we’ve had this great success in Yukon Charlie and Wrangell-St. Elias but mostly spectacularly is Denali, which for the last 10,11,12 years we have found dinosaurs like it’s nobody’s business. And so we’re doing in Aniakchak is trying to extend. First we wanna confirm that these rocks are the same age. And from that we want to go into this area with this newly informed sense of what the ecosystem looked like and see if we can’t extend that transect all the way from Northern Alaska to Southern Alaska. And look at things across a really large region to understand what is determining biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics and things like that. And so it could be pretty exciting stuff.last_img read more

GiftASmileChallenge campaign proves a big hit

first_imgHyderabad: Well-wishers and friends of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao have launched a campaign ‘GiftASmileChallenge’ to mark the latter’s birthday which falls on July 24. The campaign has already caught the eye of netizens as many are coming forward to take the challenge and challenge others. Rama Rao’s this year’s birthday will be a significant one in terms of ensuring inclusiveness of different sections of people. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The well-wishers and friends of KTR and politicians have come forth to launch the campaign to motivate people to donate generously by sponsoring various programmes for the needy. The focus is on the poor and needy people. Institutions which are catering to the needs of the poor could also be target subjects for sponsorships. This campaign has been launched to encourage philanthropists, businessmen and those who could afford and extend service to society. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Activities on the following lines could be chosen for sponsorship including providing artificial/prosthetic limbs, blood donation camp/organ donation pledge, free meals at an orphanage/old-age home, donations to Old-age homes/orphanages, RO plants at schools/hospitals/community centre, computers, furniture, books for schools, toilets in schools, sponsoring education fee for needy students, medical treatment of the poor, hospitals (beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, diagnostic equipment), sponsor an ambulance, tree plantation under Haritha Haram, community rainwater harvesting pits, CCTV cameras to be fitted at places required. Advertise With Us Anybody who wants to sponsor can help someone and explain the same in the tweet and tag some of his/her friends, challenging them to extend help to at least one and ask them to tag their respective friends. The campaign #GiftASimleChallenge would continue for a long time and there is no end date to it. However, one has to take necessary care to render the service with clean conscience and tag genuine people to take the challenge. As part of #GiftASmileChallenge, MLC K Naveen Rao donated Rs10 lakh for an ambulance.last_img read more

Protest over NMC Bill Rift among agitating doctors to the fore

first_imgHyderabad: Differences among the agitating doctors surfaced on Satuday over National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. Telangana junior doctors, who are working in tandem with the Indian Medical Association, Telangana unit, and are expressing their strong reservations against the NMC bill, decided to raise a banner of revolt against the senior doctors. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us A call to lay siege to IMA office at Koti here was given by the TJUDA members on Saturday afternoon to express their dissent over IMA staying silent in the present do-or-die situation. As the message went viral on various Whatsapp groups, police swung into action and deployed a huge number of personnel at IMA office at Koti as well as at the main gate of Osmania Medical College. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us As doctors obstructed by the police from coming out of the premises. Some postgraduate students were taken into custody and released later. After the bill was passed on Wednesday evening, Resident Doctors at AIIMS, New Delhi, and junior doctors from a few States including Telangana decided to up the ante by boycotting even the emergency duties. Advertise With Us IMA national unit, in a press statement issued after the bill was passed in Rajya Sabha, vowed to continue the fight through different means in the future. According to junior doctors, IMA suddenly scaled down the agitation after the passage of the bill and it did not go down well with the PG students across the country. ” No doubt IMA led from the front on raising objections to NMC bill. The reaction and response from the main national body of doctors after the bill got passed ignoring views of the stakeholders surprised the junior doctors, not only from Telangana State but also from other states. Resident doctors and junior doctors are continuing the fight, we want IMA to continue this fight with brisk actions,” HRDA president Dr Mahesh Kumar explained when asked for reasons for the fresh development to gherao IMA TS office. Meanwhile, IMA State Secretary Dr Sanjeev Singh Yadav felt that there was a little communication gap and that was sorted out after both groups met in the afternoon. ” While PG students are organising strike parallel to the IMA, The IMA is doing its bit exploring various options like legal and mustering support of State governments, he said.last_img read more

What to Expect from Railway Budget 2015

first_imgThe Railway budget this year is likely to upset several states that have demanded funds for pending projects. Also, there is nothing much for the passengers in the 2015 Rail budget that will be tabled for discussion in Parliament on 26 February.As the Railways reels under financial crunch, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu is likely to announce limited rail projects and less than 100 new trains will be launched this fiscal.Last year’s budget had 160 new trains, while usually, the Ministry launches about 150 to 180 new trains every fiscal year. Of the new trains that Prabhu will propose this budget session, a few are said to be tourist trains for popular destinations and some unreserved trains with general second-class coaches for the common man commuting on busy routes.Though not a part of the budget, Prabhu is likely to announce new trains gradually throughout the year. “After weighing the pros and cons of a radical proposal of not announcing any new train in the Budget, it now seems that a revised proposal is being firmed up for going ahead with the announcement of a limited number of new trains,” PTI quoted a sources as saying.Advertisement to boost rail economy?Not only has the Rail Ministry has decided to curtail this year’s funding for rail projects, it has come up with a plan generate income through advertising for certain popular commercial products and brands in order to give provide a shot in the arm to the cash-strapped Railways.That apart, there is also a proposal to name a few trains after big, money-spinning brands. Which means we could have a Coca Cola Express or a Haldiram Express in the near future.Vacuum toilets on trains?Apart from resource management, the Rail Ministry is likely to go for waste management by replacing conventional toilets with bio-toilets on trains and stations.According to PTI’s sources in the Rail Ministry, Prabhu will propose for environment-friendly vacuum toilets along with other changes in the design of existing lavatories in trains. Certain changes in the bio-toilets will also be made in order to address malfunctioning that occurred during trial runs.The execution of the plans will happen after a trial in Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi Express which will be installed with 80 vacuum toilets.No fare hikes, but no reduction as wellThough the Rail Ministry had earlier this month declared that the NDA government will not hike fares of the train tickets, they also ruled out the possibility of any changes otherwise. “It (fare reduction) will not be done. Fares are already low and government is giving subsidy,” Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha had said in Bareilly on Wednesday.Bill to give more power to RPF to control crimeThe BJP government’s first full year budget has no fancy offerings for the passengers, but the measures towards better security might come as a relief to commuters. In the wake of increasing crimes on trains and stations and in order to give more power to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) – the Railways own security wing – Prabhu will introduce a Bill to amend an existing law.If the Parliament passes the proposal for amendment, RPF will be able to register FIRs in cases of crimes taking place under its jurisdiction.last_img read more

2 get life for murder

first_imgA Sirajganj court on Wednesday sentenced two people to life time imprisonment for killing a young man in Ullapara upazila in 2007.The convicts are Lavu Pramanik, 28, son of a certain Golam Mostafa of Satbaria village in the upazila, and Abu Sayeed, 27, son of one Anwar Mollah of the same village.The court of Sirajganj district and session’s judge Sheikh Merina Sultana pronounced the verdict, reports UNB.She awarded them three years’ imprisonment on another count for trying to conceal the body and fined them Tk 2,000 each.Assistant public prosecutor advocate Samsul Alam said police recovered the body of the youth, Ashraf Ali, 20, from the bank of the Fuljhar river at Charghatina of Ullapara municipality on 14 November 2007.A case was filed against five unidentified people over the murder, he said.Three accused were acquitted as the allegation brought against them could not be proved, said the APP.last_img read more

Delhi Book Fair to host discussions debates

first_imgSeminars, discussions, poetry sessions and interactive programmes for children will engage visitors at the 19th edition of the Delhi Book Fair that kickstarts in the Capital on Friday, organisers said.This year, the fair will address the erosion of the reading habit as its theme, Libraries and Readerships, will focus on the role of libraries in society. Organised since 1995 by the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) in collaboration with the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the nine-day fair will attract over 250 participants from India and abroad. The fair ends 31 August. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Elaborating on the theme, Ashok Gupta, general secretary of FIP said, ‘Good libraries were once considered treasures of society. They were part of us, but today reading habits of people are going down. We wanted to raise this issue and so we decided to make it the theme of our fair.”The aim is to develop neighbourhood libraries. If people work in tandem, it is possible to start from the local area and have small library set-ups,’ he said. Apart from the national capital, that dominates the publishing industry, participation of publishers from Agartala, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, and international participants from the US and China will mark their presence at this business-to-business event at Pragati Maidan in central Delhi.Other than displaying treasure troves of books from various genres, there will be discussion on Library and the Reader, poetry sessions, a seminar onTales for Today’s Children: Connecting to the Roots and an interactive programme for children Sune, Jane, Khele Kahani.There will also be a debate organised for university students, on Environmental Disaster caused due to Development of Vulnerable Hilly Areas.last_img read more