LeEco Le 2 variant with Snapdragon 820, 6GB RAM spotted online

first_imgChinese company LeEco – formerly LeTV – maybe looking to launch more than one variant of the Le 2, come April 20. A new GFXBench listing apparently tips some highlights of one possible variant and judging by the spec sheet, the phone in question sure falls in the category of a beast.As per the listing, the Le 2 variant (with model number Le X820) comes with a 5.5-inch QuadHD display with a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 2.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and a whopping 6 gigs of RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of internal memory.The Le 2 (according to GFXBench) sports a 20-megapixel camera on the rear and a 7-megapixel camera on the front. While the rear camera can shoot 4K videos, the front camera can shoot 2K videos.Also Read: LeEco Le 2 Pro with Snapdragon 820 CPU spotted onlinePreviously, we came across a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-totting Le 2 variant – tipped to be called the Le 2 Pro — with a 5.7-inch QHD display and 4GB RAM.It is said to sport a 21-megapixel camera on the rear along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,100mAh battery. There’s also USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes.At the same time, another GFXBench listing earlier talked about another possible variant of the device – with model number X620 – that comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD display and MediaTek’s MT6797T (Helio X25) deca-core processor with Mali T880 GPU and 3GB of RAM under the hood. This variant sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementLeEco is hosting a launch event in China on April 20 where it is expected to launch the Le 2. So far as many as three different variants of the phone have been spotted online. It would be interesting to see which of these actually make the final cut.last_img read more

Forget lemonade! Here are 5 lemony dishes you must try out this summer

first_imgYou drink a glass of hot water with lemon juice and honey every morning to stay fit. You have lemonade or nimbu paani to keep yourself hydrated. You squeeze lemon over a salad or a kebab platter. We do have lemons in these forms every day, but none of these things really celebrate the beauty that is lemon.Can you imagine a dish that lemon juice or zest doesn’t improve or enhance? This summer, enhance your life and try out these 5 brilliant lemony dishes. Some of them are sweet, some savoury. But all of them sing out the citrusy flavours of lemon, and it’s a flavor you’ll love.Lemon cakes are easy to make and so delicious. Photo courtesy: Instagram/akane_m Lemon PieThis baked dessert is more commonly sold in Indian patisseries as lemon tart. The pie crust is made of shortcrust pastry, the filling is made of lemon custard and sometimes candied lemons or lemon zest is added on top. It tastes sweet and tangy at the same time, and the best lemon pies have a smooth custard filling. This pie or tart is so amazing that you need to go and grab some at once!Also read: Give this summer a minty twist with seven cool ideas Lemon CakeA traditional sponge cake is given a zingy makeover with lemon juice, lemon zest and whipped cream on top. Viola! You have lemon cakes to indulge in. These are very easy to make at home, so don’t deprive yourself of them if they’re not available in bakeries. If not a cake, just try baking some cupcakes. And if you’re worried about the whipped cream on top, replace it with passion fruit.advertisementTop your lemon cake with passion fruit to give it a great twist. Photo courtesy: Instagram/kuchniaagaty Lemon CurdThis one is just not made for the faint-hearted health freaks out there. The ingredients of lemon curd do not include yogurt. Instead this lemony jam or custard substitute is made of egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Lemon curd has been around for a few centuries, and you can fill your pies with it or top your cakes with it. You could also make a layered dessert of lemon curd, sponge cake and fruits with it.Indian households stock up on tangy lemon pickles every year. Photo courtesy: Instagram/idhayam_group Lemon PickleNow this is something all Indians are very familiar with. Every household in India is stocked with nimbu ka achaar prepared by mothers and grandmothers. Of course, now we also have packaged lemon pickles available with most retailers. But we recommend you try out some homemade lemon pickle this summer with aloo parathas.Also read: Five surprising and delicious ways to have watermelon this summer Add smoked or grilled lemons to your chicken recipes to enhance the flavours. Photo courtesy: Instagram/shannonstewartratliff Lemon ChickenWhether it’s the South East Asian style curries or the European baked or roasted version, lemon and chicken make a great combination. The tangy lemon flavor just zings up the dish. Of course, the dish tastes best if the lemons have been smoked or grilled slightly before being added to the chicken. But however it is served to you or however you make it, lemon chicken is something you must indulge in regularly.Try out these 5 zingy lemony dishes this summer. Trust us, you’ll feel happier if you have a lot of lemons in your life.last_img read more

Salah refered to Merseyside police over alleged phone use while driving

first_imgLiverpool have referred Mohamed Salah to the Merseyside Police over a video, which appears to show Salah using his mobile while driving.However, no specific details have been released regarding the video, which gives out the details of where it has been taken or by whom.”The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding it’s capture,” an LFC spokesman told British media.”We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.”Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”Merseyside Police also confirmed that they were aware of the footage and it will be passed on to the relevant department.”We have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving,” the Merseyside Police Contact Centre said on their official Twitter account.”This has been passed to the relevant department.”Salah, who scored for Liverpool in their opening night 4-0 win over West Ham, haven’t responded to it yet.Liverpool will next face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City business has been honored as the state’s July Business of the Month.Lienwaivers.io will receive the SBDC’s statewide Award.The company is a platform to manage construction payments, and was formed in January of 2016 after the founders connected at a Sioux City business networking event.The founders worked in different industries, and came together to build a comprehensive technology solution to the lien waiver and payment process for construction projects.Since their launch, lienwaivers.io has worked with more than 22,000 contractors nationwide.The small business administration award will be presented on July 25th at their offices in downtown Sioux City.last_img read more

Seven Hundred Million Dollars Allocated for Fiscal Administration Modernisation

first_imgThe Government is to continue initiatives under its Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme, through a $700 million allocation in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure. The project, implemented in December 2011, aims to support the Government of Jamaica in achieving a sustainable fiscal position by strengthening the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s institutional capacity to effectively improve customs, inland tax collections, and manage debt and government payments.             The sum allocated for this fiscal year, will go towards remodelling of a building at  East Street; acquisition of a surveillance system,  a fixed asset system, applications for revenue system,  and 111 computers and 50 laptops; commencing the procurement of an integrated tax administration system and document management system; and implementing a modernised customs system.             As of March 2013, the programme had procured 120 computers, 50 laptops, and 15 tablets; requested proposals for the remodelling of the East Street building; acquired statistical licence; procured enterprise backup and storage solutions; invited bids for a new integrated tax administration system; while asset inventory management, revenue accounting and document management systems were drafted for publishing;             The programme is funded jointly by the government of Jamaica and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB). It is scheduled to be completed by December 2016.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Brett Harvey’s filmmaking career is going from strength to strength these days.His most recent release, Ice Guardians (2016), a documentary about NHL hockey enforcers, was named Best of Film by Sports Illustrated and nominated for several awards at festivals across Canada and the United States. It was released this April on Netflix Canada, where it quickly became a trending film.“The response has been overwhelming,” said Harvey. During his high school years in Powell River in the 1990s, Harvey said he never dreamed of making movies, let alone having a successful career in the industry and travelling the world.“Filmmaking was not a realistic option for me growing up,” he said. “Digital technology was in its infancy and quality video gear was virtually inaccessible.”Because film classes were non-existent at the time, he attempted to convince teachers to let him turn school assignments into video presentations. That tactic only worked twice; for an assignment on Macbeth and a project on an Italian painter, he said.“Those are the only two school assignments I still remember,” he added.Harvey excelled in sports at school and was captain of the high school basketball team and involved in track and field. The year he graduated he was recognized as one of two athletes of the year.“I remember him playing basketball and doing track for Max Cameron,” said Brooks Secondary School teacher Tony Rice. “He was a very well-liked student.”After graduating, Harvey volunteered for the local cable station while attending what was then Malaspina College.“I started shooting camera at local events,” said Harvey. “It was my only way to access video gear at the time, and I was able to ask technical questions to people who knew what they were talking about.”Harvey used the experience to get into Capilano College’s Media Arts Diploma Program.“From there I found my love: documentary storytelling,” he added.The first feature documentary he directed and wrote, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007), was about the underground marijuana industry.“It was a small production that gained momentum we never could have predicted,” he said.At the time, cannabis was still considered a taboo topic that no one was interested in investing documentary money into, he added.The film toured the festival circuit in cities around the world, picking up various awards along the way, including National Film Board of Canada’s award for Best Canadian Documentary.“We were even invited to be screened on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to educate senators and members of parliament on the ramifications of marijuana prohibition,” he said.Harvey made a follow-up film in 2014 entitled, The Culture High, that looks at the many changes in culture, policy and awareness around cannabis since that time. Currently, he is busy filming around the United States for his latest project, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, chronicling the life and career of an actor known for playing tough guys.“Danny is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever met; he was a full-fledged armed robber for the majority of his youth,” said Harvey. “Upon his release from prison, he entered into one of the most illuminating transformations of human character.”Although Harvey is now based in the Lower Mainland and travels frequently for work, he comes back to Powell River to visit his father whenever he can.With diverse subject matter, from hockey enforcers and the cannabis industry to ex-convicts turned actors, the common thread in Harvey’s work is attempting to understand.“It’s engaging the act of empathy,” he said. “You don’t have to agree with someone to empathize with them. Empathy is a tool to come to greater understandings, regardless of the topic.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img MOVIEMAKER: Max Cameron Secondary School graduate Brett Harvey is building a solid reputation as a documentary filmmaker. Andrew Holmes photo Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

First Nation infants subject to human experimental work for TB vaccine in

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe nutritional experiments conducted in First Nation communities and in Indian residential schools were not the only example where Canada’s Indigenous population faced treatment as “guinea pigs,” academic research shows.First Nation infants were used for Saskatchewan trials of a tuberculosis vaccine that was mired in controversy at the time of the experiment in the 1930s and 1940s.The subject of nutritional experiments exploded last week after reports surfaced on a study by University of Guelph food historian Ian Mosby. The study found that experiments were conducted in six residential schools and communities in northern Ontario, northern Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia between 1942 and 1952.Previous and ongoing academic research shows, however, that the nutritional experiments were part of a wider pattern in the medical and scientific community’s approach to Indigenous people at the time which included experimentation and the persistence of certain types of surgeries that were no longer conducted on non-Indigenous people.Academic research also shows that many Indigenous people who died undergoing medical care for diseases like tuberculosis (TB) were buried in unmarked graves because Indian Affairs would not pay to take their bodies back to their home communities.“Historians have been reluctant to question medical care because we are enthralled with the power of medicine,” said Brock University professor Maureen Lux, who published a paper on the vaccine trials in 1998 and is currently working on a book that delves into the still thinly-explored realm of the treatment of Indigenous people in sanatoriums. “Once I started looking at what was going and how they were operated and in whose interest, it becomes a fairly dark story.”The vaccine trial on First Nation children from the Qu’Appelle reserves in southern Saskatchewan is one of those threads in that story.The bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine trials were backed by the National Research Council and Indian Affairs. While the trials were eventually successful and the vaccine is still around today, one of the doctors involved with the experiment at the time worried about the dangers and believed Ottawa could find itself on the hook if something went wrong.It was already apparent to medical officials before the trials that TB rates were dramatically lowered by improving the living conditions of First Nation people living on reserve, according the study written by Lux titled, Perfect Subjects: Race Tuberculosis and the Qu’Appelle BCG Vaccine Trial.Between 1930 and 1932, the tuberculosis rate had been cut in half after a federally-backed Qu’Appelle Demonstration Health Unit began focusing on changing the situation on the ground. It replaced one-room log huts with frame houses, drilled wells to improve water supply, provided families with hens and seed and improved the food given to school children and pregnant women, according to Lux’s study. A nurse was also hired to give care to children suffering from infections disease in their own home.“The general death rate and the infant mortality rate both also fell. Thus, before the BCG vaccine trials were begun, the tuberculosis death rate had been reduced by half by marginal improvements in living conditions, and especially by segregating those with active tuberculosis,” wrote Lux.But vaccines were cheaper than paying to improve the conditions of Indian residential schools and reserves or treating people in sanatoriums which could turn into lengthy stays.Lux said the urgency to conduct the vaccine trials on First Nation infants in southern Saskatchewan was also driven by a fear that Indigenous people would infect the non-Indigenous population with TB.“They were seen as vectors of disease because TB rates in the non-Aboriginal community were falling quickly. They were better fed and housed, but not so on-reserve,” said Lux, in an interview. “My point in the article was that TB wasn’t the big threat…the big threat was poverty because more kids died of poverty related diseases than from TB.”The BCG vaccine at the time was controversial. A German experiment in 1930 led to the deaths 71 children after they were given a contaminated strain. At the time of the Qu’Appelle trial, close to 400,000 children had been vaccinated and trials had been conducted in Montreal, but it was still unclear at the time whether the vaccine would regain its virulence. The United States and Britain did not use the BCG vaccine at the time “because of fears that the vaccine was not stable,” wrote Lux.Worries over the vaccine were expressed in a confidential memo to federal authorities.“I feel as though it would be unwise to initiate human experimental work among Indian children who are the direct wards of the government, and for which reasons they are not in a position to exercise voluntary cooperation,” wrote Dr. R. George Ferguson, the medical superintendant of the Fort Qu’Appelle Sanatorium, to the president of the National Research Council. “Furthermore in case of difficulties arising, the government itself could not be without responsibility.”The trial went ahead in 1933 and it proved successful. According to Lux, between 1933 and 1945, 306 infants were vaccinated and 303 were used as a control group. Only six vaccinated infants contracted TB and two died. In the unvaccinated group, 29 caught TB and nine died.But the vaccine could not protect children from death. Poverty proved to be a far deadlier killer than TB. According to Lux’s paper, 105 children died from causes other than TB within the first seven years of the study. They died from pneumonia and gastroenteritis.“The BCG trial was a success, but unfortunately the patients died,” wrote Lux.Lux said in an interview that First Nation patients also underwent trials for streptomycin, an antibiotic that was used to cure TB, at the now defunct Charles Camsell hospital in Edmonton.Lux said doctors also continued to surgically remove TB from Indigenous patients into the 1950s and 60s, after the procedure was no longer done on the non-Indigenous population.“Do we interpret that surgeons and medical directors thought they were doing right and never questioning the assumption that these people were going to actually spread TB when they actually weren’t?” said Lux. “They could do it and they did it and that is as shocking as any kind of experiment.”During her research on the book about sanatoriums and Indian hospitals, Lux said she interviewed many elders who believed they underwent medical experiments.“Every one of them said, ‘yeah, they were using us as guinea pigs.’ Whether they were, or people didn’t understand what treatments they were getting, or physicians weren’t telling people, it is really hard to pin down…as a historian to say yes…But the people who spent time in the hospitals felt they were guinea pigs.”Whether there were other types of experimentation beyond what has already surfaced, Lux said she can’t give a definite answer.However, the existing record of the medical system’s treatment of Indigenous patients is already a dark one, she said.“It is pretty depressing. It is just document after document. They treated these people like they were not even human,” she said. “It is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done.”Lux’s book goes for peer review this fall and should be published in about a year.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Poll Half of young Americans see better financial future

first_imgAbout half of young Americans expect to be financially better off than their parents, according to a new poll, a sign that the dream of upward mobility is alive but somewhat tempered.The poll, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, found that half of 15- to 26-year-olds think they eventually will be better off than their parents in terms of household finances. About 29 per cent expect to do as well as their parents, and 20 per cent expect to be worse off.Parents were slightly more optimistic: 60 per cent think their children will do better than they did, a view that held true for parents across all income groups. Overall, only 12 per cent of parents said that they felt their children might do worse.It’s no longer a guarantee that children will achieve upward income mobility. About half of the Americans born in 1984 earned more at age 30 than their parents, down from 92 per cent in 1940, according to the study by famed economist Raj Chetty and others that was released in 2016.Jennifer Narvaez, 23, is among those who anticipates her financial future will be a bit brighter than that of her parents. Narvaez said she expects to have more opportunities as a college graduate to get a job and own a home than her parents, who grew up in Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States. The Miami resident holds an undergraduate degree in biology and is planning on attending medical school to become a cardiologist.Narvaez is less certain about the prospects of the U.S. economy, particularly as the nation appears to be marching into a trade war with China.“It’s a weird time,” she said. “I feel like it’s hard to predict what will happen because of the kind of administration we have.”Alex Barner, 20, also felt optimistic that he might fare better than his mother, who had him at age 18 and raised him as a single mother. He is attending college in New Mexico and is considering a future career in business management.While Barner is hopeful he will do well in life, he also has some concerns about the trajectory of the nation and its economy. Like Narvaez, he’s concerned by the trade policy of President Donald Trump’s administration.Barner also said he feels politicians need to focus more on matters that affect people in the here and now, such as health care and student loan relief.Respondents were divided about how they expect the nation’s economy will fare in the year ahead. About 29 per cent of young people expect the economy to improve, 30 per cent expect it will get worse and 41 anticipate it will stay the same. Similarly, 35 per cent of parents expect improvement, 27 per cent expect conditions to get worse and 38 per cent expect the economy to stay as is.___The Youth Political Pulse poll was conducted Aug. 23 to Sept. 10 by the AP-NORC Center and MTV. The poll was conducted using NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It includes 580 young people ages 15-26 and 591 parents of children in the same age group. The margin of sampling error for all young people is plus or minus 6.6 percentage points, and for parents it’s plus or minus 7.5 percentage points.___Online:AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research: http://www.apnorc.orglast_img read more

Chinese newspaper warns US not to push too hard on trade

first_imgBEIJING — An official Chinese newspaper has warned Washington not to demand too much from Beijing as talks on ending their tariff war entered a second day with no word on possible progress.The Global Times said Tuesday the Trump administration is dealing with an increasingly strong China that has pressing needs. The newspaper said Washington “cannot push China too far” and must avoid a situation that “spins out of control.”Negotiators began talks Monday on their fight over Beijing’s technology development tactics but there was no sign either side changed its stance. They agreed Dec. 1 to suspend additional tariff hikes on each other’s goods for 90 days while they negotiate, but economists said that probably is too little time to reach a final agreement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN opens first zero emission community power centre in rural Kenya

The first power-generating centre using environmentally friendly hydro and solar power has been inaugurated in a Kenyan village 150 kilometres north east of Nairobi by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).Apart from generating electricity, the new centre, in Kibai village in Kenya’s Kerugoya division, promotes the use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps to replace kerosene lamps that contribute to respiratory illnesses in children and women who use them on a daily basis.Kibai villagers have begun using the centre for phone and lamp charging as well as accessing the internet, a rare phenomenon in rural Kenya, where only 10 per cent of the population has electricity.UNIDO is calling on communities without access to electricity to submit proposals for similar initiatives in Kenya for consideration by international donors. The project is part of the “Lighting Up Kenya” programme led by UNIDO and other UN agencies with the objective of eliminating kerosene from home lighting, and using electricity for income generation. 8 July 2008The first power-generating centre using environmentally friendly hydro and solar power has been inaugurated in a Kenyan village 150 kilometres north east of Nairobi by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). read more

Vancouverbased dating site PlentyOfFish acquired by New Yorks Match Group for US575M

TORONTO — The Match Group, the New York-based company that owns Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder, says it has purchased Vancouver-based dating website PlentyOfFish for US$575 million in cash.In a news release on its website, Match Group CEO Sam Yagan says it was attracted to PlentyOfFish’s consistent growth and it plans to integrate the Canadian company’s mobile app into its existing family of digital and online dating services.PlentyOfFish has steadily lured in people seeking everything from no-strings attached hookups to marriage since CEO and founder Markus Frind launched the company from his Vancouver apartment in 2003.Plenty of Fish founder puts focus on growthBy 2008, Frind had 15 million users, $10 million in revenue and doubled his workforce — to two.In March of this year, PlentyOfFish surpassed 100 million users and employed more than 70 people at its downtown Vancouver office.The Match Group says the deal is subject to approval from the federal industry minister and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter.“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Match,” Frind said in a statement. “My team and I have grown PlentyOfFish into one of the leaders in our category, and I am confident that Match will help accelerate our growth even further.”The Match Group offers dating products through nearly 50 brands in 40 languages around the world and says it has seven million new users per month.The Match brands and PlentyOfFish both make revenue through a combination of advertising and paid subscription options.IAC, the parent company of Match Group, owns a variety of media and Internet properties including the Princeton Review, Investopedia, Vimeo and the Daily Beast.IAC owns almost 50 tailored dating sites for anyone from pet lovers to Italians to senior citizens. Investors can buy a stake in Diller’s Match Group later this year when the company plans an initial public offering of less than 20 percent of the unit’s stock.Dating sites have attracted people with their instant messaging, photosharing and geolocation services. About 31 million Americans have used a dating site or app, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study.The Canadian Press, with files from Reuters and Bloomberg read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 31.69 points to 15,180.83.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 130.24 points to 21,539.31.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 18.23 points to 2,443.76.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 60.99 points to 6,254.29.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.72 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 77.40 cents US.

SLFP accuses outsiders of attempting to split the party

He said that those looking to divide the SLFP want to create a new political force in the country.However he noted these politicians never supported the SLFP in 1994 when the party came back to power following years of UNP rule. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today accused outsiders of attempting to split the party to create a new political alliance.SLFP member Susil Premajayantha said that political parties which were part of the United People’s Freedom Alliance and those who are not recognised as a political party, are behind moves to split the SLFP. read more

Army extends General Amnesty for AWOL soldiers

The General Amnesty that was announced to coincide with the 68th Army anniversary would enable Army absentees to directly reach respective Regimental Headquarters and receive their legal discharge. (Colombo Gazette) The Army today announced an extension of the General Amnesty for soldiers Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).Army Headquarters said that the amnesty which ends tomorrow has been extended to November 22, 2017. A total of 8034 Officers and Other Rankers of the Army who are Absent Without Official Leave have so far reported back to their respective Regimental Headquarters to receive their legal discharge under the ongoing General Amnesty period which began on 23 October 2017. read more

UN staff stand up against poverty as part of global campaign to

In today’s event – one of more than 500 in over 50 countries – participants squatted and then stood up before jointly reading a pledge “as members of a generation that intends to defeat extreme poverty.” “We wish to set a record today for the number of people standing up to demand action on poverty – but the record we really want to break is the world’s record of breaking promises and ignoring the poor,” the pledgers said in unison, led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown who presided over the brief rally on the lawn north of the UN Headquarters. More than 10 million Asians took the same “Stand Up” pledge overnight, Mr. Malloch-Brown noted, adding that this is the first generation that “believes and knows” it can really end extreme poverty and exhorting all not to miss the “extraordinary opportunity to do just that.” Organizers said these figures exceeded expectations and pushed them well into the Guinness record book, which had initially set a minimum threshold of 10,000. The UN received special dispensation from Guinness, which is certifying the numbers, to hold its event after the 24-hour window closed today at 1000 GMT.Final results of the worldwide campaign are to be announced tomorrow by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor at a press conference marking the International Day for the Eradication for Poverty.Launched by the UN’s Millennium Campaign, Stand Up is a way for people to remind their governments of the promises they undertook at the 2000 UN World Summit to meet the Millennium Development Goals to eliminate extreme poverty – and to demand they reach those targets. Several thousand supporters ‘stood up’ Sunday in New York’s Times Square where the iconic New Year’s Eve crystal ball was raised for the first ever non-New Year’s appearance. Other events took place in schools, places of worship, private homes, at the Toronto marathon and at soccer matches around the world and in several virtual web-based events, the handiwork of a broad coalition.The MDG targets are to be achieved by 2015 but there is still much to do: more than 24,000 people die from hunger every day, more than a billion still lack clean water and more than 100 million children are denied the chance to attend school. read more

Chris Paul And James Harden Are A Rare Duo

We’ve never seen a duo quite like Chris Paul and James Harden play for the same team. But that doesn’t mean they’ll play well together. In the video above, Neil Paine discusses the reports of Paul’s trade to the Houston Rockets, and how he and Harden will coexist.Read more: Can Chris Paul And James Harden Play Together?

Living on wheels

first_imgGreek Australian George Kambouris was born with spina bifida, and has spent all his life in a wheelchair. An insurmountable pavement, a staircase with no ramp or a blocked entrance are the common problems of a physically disabled person’s regime, but George never let such difficulties get in his way.“Living life in a wheelchair is not impossible – it’s challenging, but possible,” says George.George Kambouris is a multiple-medal-winning athlete. He has represented Australia in power-lifting, swimming, hand-cycling, basketball and track. He has never ceased to exercise, lead a healthy life and set new goals. One of his biggest dreams was to help motivate kids in a wheelchair. He is the founder of the Living on Wheels program, as well as an ambassador for Special Care Central Inc.People with a physical disability will find themselves in discomforting situations, experience pain, economic hardships, indifference, hostility even. Before they try to overcome all of the above, they first have to face their own demons. “No one will tell you what you can and can’t do,” George tells Neos Kosmos.There is a certain stigma accompanying people with mobility impairments. Part of that is the misconception that wheelchair users are unused to exercise. “If you’re a wheelchair user, it’s easy to overlook exercise and fitness. Physical activity will, though, help you acquire a more positive and healthy attitude towards life,” he says.“This is my ultimate passion; to help others enjoy the same freedom in life as I do.”Knowing that you have to spend your entire life in a wheelchair can be rather daunting.“My parents and I learned how to deal with it as I was growing up,” he explains.“It wasn’t easy back then and we lacked support.”George aims to use his experience and expertise in sport to help develop important skills that will not only improve people’s health though workout, but help them find motivation, further involve themselves in an empowering activity and become more assertive.“The word ‘never’ must not be used as a guideline. You will not be cured but you can be more independent,” George adds.“All people, disabled or not, share the same basic needs.”According to George, the hardest thing a person in a wheelchair has to deal with is public attitudes. He stresses that apart from the way physical disability might alter an individual’s interaction with the physical world, it may have a large impact on how people treat them.“I do everything a normal person does. My legs might not work, but my brain does. Just treat me like a normal person, working and living in the community,” he says. “Disability sometimes equates to incapacity and non-being in the eyes of others. Worse than harassment and bullying is the often unreasonable apologetic behaviour and over-protectiveness from the ones around you.”Eric Russel, a Paralympian athlete and coach, has been an important mentor to George, who has helped him take over his own life and become more self-aware and assertive.“He taught me never to give up. Even if I failed. Not to rely on others. He made me think positive, to keep on going and never lose faith in myself,” he reveals to Neos Kosmos.“He inspired me to help others with disability.”George highlighted that “trouble-shooting” begins from the moment you start living daily in a chair. Manoeuvrability, and especially neurological problems, amongst many obstacles, become major issues. Spasms, muscular inhibition, pressure sores, osteomalacia and intense pain, that people confined in a wheelchair all deal with, can actually improve with exercise. “I feel the desire to share my knowledge of trying to manipulate the wheelchair, in order to access certain places,” he explains. “Sports like wheelies, basketball, horse-riding can help people make full use of their chair’s capacity in everyday life.”Over the last couple of months, George has spent his time in hospital, undergoing surgery after surgery. Still, he never stops setting new goals.“I want Living on Wheels to grow state-wide, then nationally – so that I can assist people in wheelchairs from all walks of life to live a fuller and happier life with more confidence,” he muses.“I also wish there were more Active & Healthy Parks through Brisbane. More councils should adopt this program which supports disabled people. It is a good way for others in these shoes to start enjoying life.”For more information visit www.livingonwheelsContact George on 0411 797500 and george@teamkambo.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Canicule les autorités la surveillent depuis le 1er juin

first_imgCanicule : les autorités la surveillent depuis le 1er juinFrance – Depuis le mardi 1er juin, la veille saisonnière du plan national canicule 2010 est active. Cette veille saisonnière sera désactivée le 31 août, sauf si des conditions météorologiques particulières justifient son maintien. Son activation correspond au déclenchement du dispositif de veille biométéorologique assuré par Météo-France et l’Institut de veille sanitaire, lequel permet de détecter la survenue d’une canicule. Un numéro vert d’information et de communication (0.800.06.66.66) a également été activé. Le plan national canicule comporte deux autres paliers. Le premier, appelé niveau de mise en garde et actions (Miga), est déclenché par les préfets des départements concernés en cas d’alerte émise par Météo-France et l’Institut de veille sanitaire. Le second, correspondant au niveau de mobilisation maximale, est lui déclenché sur instruction du Premier ministre, sur avis conjoint du ministre de l’Intérieur et de la ministre de la Santé, lorsque la canicule est aggravée par des effets collatéraux (rupture de l’alimentation électrique, pénurie d’eau potable, saturation des établissements de santé, etc). A l’occasion du déclenchement de ce premier niveau, la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot a rappelé dans un communiqué “qu’en l’absence d’épisode majeur de canicule depuis 2006 (…), il est indispensable de rester mobilisé pour assurer efficacement la prévention et la gestion sanitaire de la période estivale, et de renforcer encore la solidarité entre les générations, principe majeur de ce plan”. Le 4 juin 2010 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

OBITUARY Dr George Peter Rowan 87

first_imgLEESBURG, VA — Dr. George Peter Rowan passed away surrounded by family on December 7, 2018.He was the only child born to George Joseph Rowan and Marion Donnelly Rowan on July 2, 1931 in Manhattan, NY. George and his family moved to Springfield Gardens (Queens), New York when he was a child. Like his father, he attended Saint Ann’s Academy for Boys in New York City. While in high school he met the girl, who would eventually become his wife Ina (Faustina) Martinez. George attended Niagara University in upstate New York and graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. George then attended and graduated from Hahnemann Medical School (now Drexel) in Philadelphia PA. While at Hahnemann, George and Ina were married and lived in Philadelphia. He completed an internship and residency at Easton Hospital in Easton PA prior to attending and completing his orthopedic residency at the prestigious New York Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.Prior to attending Special Surgery, George served as Captain in the US Air Force. He was stationed for 2 years at RAF Sculthorpe in England where he was Chief of Surgery. He and Ina lived in Fakenham near Sculthorpe where they enjoyed the English countryside and created great memories with their new friends. After completing his orthopedic residency, George and Ina decided that George would join a practice with George Hazel in Woburn, MA (Woburn Orthopedics Association). With the help Mark Sullivan as the business manage, the practice was successful and grew, eventually expanding and including Dr. Donald Petit and Dr. Barry Dorn. George, Mark and Donald have remained life-long friends. George believed in serving his community and was on the Board for many years at the Choate Hospital in Woburn, MA and a founding member of the Wilmington Regional (New Hanover Regional) Health Center in Wilmington, MA. He was an adjunct professor at both Tufts Medical School and Harvard Medical School. George was Board Certified in Orthopedics Surgery, a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a Charter Member of the Eastern Orthopaedic Association, and a member of the Southern Orthopaedic Association.George was a voracious reader and was never without a paperback book in his pocket. He also loved cooking and even had several of his recipes published. He never stopped learning and always enjoyed taking classes. As he approached retirement, he decided to become certified in acupuncture. He was a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and the National Sports Acupuncture Association. After living for more than 35 years in Winchester MA, where they raised their two daughters, George and Ina eventually moved to Leesburg, VA in 2005, to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren who had moved south. George was a very compassionate and giving person. Although he and Ina were only children, their home was never empty. They were known for hosting great parties and welcoming those less fortunate to stay with them while they found their feet. Their dinner table was always filled with great conversation! George has left an everlasting impression on all who met and knew him, and even almost 25 years after retiring, he still had patients call him and send him holiday cards, birthday cards, and notes of appreciation.He was loved and cherished by his wife of 63 years and adored by his daughters Martine Beck of Bunn, NC and Leesburg, VA and Moné Ardura of Sterling VA. Although George only had two daughters, he felt blessed to have two sons-in-law that respected and loved him, Larry Beck and Juan Ardura. George was loving grandfather to his three grandchildren, Amanda Beck, Sean Ardura, and George Ardura. His grandchildren loved their grandpa very much and feel blessed to have known and been loved by their grandpa. They will never forget his special recipe for Sunday morning pancakes, his great story telling, and his words of wisdom.Dr. George Peter Rowan(NOTE: The above obituary is via Legacy.com.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: O’Neal Isom, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Samuel A. deWahl, 31In “Obituaries”last_img read more

No change in the air Trai rules out floor price for telecom

first_imgA customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Saturday ruled out any immediate imposition of a minimum floor price for voice and data services, saying that the industry has reached a consensus that it is “not a workable idea”, according to a PTI report.The decision came after Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman R S Sharma along with senior regulatory officials met representatives of all telecom companies, and there was a consensus against any such move.During the meeting, Idea Cellular is learnt to have batted for fixation of a minimum floor price through a detailed presentation, while newcomer Reliance Jio opposed the concept terming it regressive and anti-competitive, the PTI report added.All operators – large and small – were present at the meeting on Saturday. Sharma, however, declined to comment on the specifics of the meeting.”Some operators, last month, had raised the issue of fixing floor price for telecom services. We had a detailed discussion today and there is a consensus that, for now, we do not need to pursue the idea of floor price,” Sharma told reporters after the meeting, the PTI report said.Accordingly, there will no further discussion or consultation on the issue, Sharma added. “The consensus is that fixation of floor price for telecom services is not a workable idea,” he added.However, during the meeting the incumbent operators are learnt to have pressed their demand to have tariffs compliant with interconnect usage charges (IUC), so that nobody could do predatory pricing, the Business Standard said on Saturday.If a minimum floor price had been set, it could have meant an end to freebies in the market, as operators would have to keep in mind the minimum threshold while fixing tariffs for voice and data.The tariffs are currently under forbearance — operators virtually have a free hand in fixing the rates and report plans to TRAI in 7 days of launch – and hence, a floor price setting would have also implied a shift from that regime.”The conclusion was that prices which are under forbearance should continue under forbearance as of now,” Sharma added.Reliance Jio’s entry in September 2016, with its free services and low tariffs, added to the stress of the telecom operators. The debt in the telecom industry is estimated at Rs 4.5 lakh crore, and companies are facing profit erosion.Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio, which stormed into the telecom market last year, wooed customers with promotional free voice and data services in the first six months of its commercial launch.Jio still offers aggressive data plans and has promised that voice calls will forever be free on its network. In fact, Jio’s promotional freebies have been blamed by incumbent operators for the financial woes of the sector.Some telcos had raised the issue of operators offering below-cost tariffs to consumers, arguing it could hurt the financials of the industry. The incumbents, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, have maintained that Reliance Jio is offering “predatory pricing” by offering free calls for months.last_img read more