Stroke affects women more severely than men – more die fewer recover

first_imgTORONTO – A little over a year ago, Julie Tomaino had a stroke that affected both sides of her brain, leaving her “locked in” — conscious but unable to speak or move for about 10 days.The former professional dancer who works in theatre directing and choreographing plays was just 38 years old.“I couldn’t respond to anything and I could just move my eyeballs,” the Toronto resident recalled Monday from Vancouver Island, where she is in rehearsals for a production of the musical “Grease.”Tomaino had been having daily headaches for the previous two weeks and knew there was something seriously wrong. But after being checked earlier that day at the hospital, doctors had sent her home with a diagnosis of migraine and anxiety.That evening, she started vomiting uncontrollably and began experiencing double-vision. Her husband called an ambulance and she remembers being put into the vehicle.“And then, it’s all black for 12 hours.”Tomaino had suffered a major stroke, the result of the inner carotid arteries on both sides of her neck dissecting, or tearing, which caused blood to pool in the vessels and send clots to her brain.While stroke at her age isn’t all that common — the average female victim is close to four decades older — her story illustrates a message the Heart and Stroke Foundation is trying to bring to public awareness with a report released Tuesday showing how stroke can affect women differently than men.“A lot of women don’t realize that they’re susceptible, they tend to focus on cancer, breast cancer and other diseases,” said Patrice Lindsay, director of stroke for the foundation.As the report outlines, one-third more women die from having a stroke than do their male counterparts, and women are 60 per cent less likely to regain their independence afterwards, with a worse prognosis for recovery than men. Less than half of stroke patients who participate in rehabilitation programs are female.Women are also less likely to return home after being treated: twice as many women as men go into long-term care following a stroke.Elderly women have the highest rate of stroke, with the risk increasing gradually after menopause; pregnant women have a slightly higher risk of suffering a stroke than non-pregnant women of child-bearing age, in particular if they experience elevated blood pressure or gestational diabetes.In fact, high blood pressure is a prime risk factor for stroke in both adult women and men, as are diabetes and smoking.“Women are more likely to have high blood pressure and women are more likely to have an irregular heart beat, a condition known as atrial fibrillation,” said Lindsay. Atrial fibrillation can lead to blood pooling inside a chamber of the heart, allowing clots to form and travel to the brain, where they block blood vessels and cause a stroke.“And both of those strongly contribute to stroke and strongly contribute to strokes that have bad outcomes,” she said.Women who have had a stroke, especially later in life, may be widowed or living alone and often don’t have family support at home to help them recover, whereas the average male stroke victim is about five years younger and often has a spouse to help them regain physical function to a greater degree.“I think one of the things this report highlights is that there are some gaps in knowledge when it comes to women and stroke, so we don’t fully understand why women’s prognosis after stroke is worse or what are the things that really drive that observed difference,” said Dr. Moira Kapral, a specialist at Toronto’s University Health Network, whose research focuses on stroke health services.“Until we understand that, we can’t develop effective treatment,” said Kapral, adding however that stroke research is increasingly being targeted towards women.Tomaino, who spent almost four weeks in hospital, then six weeks in the Toronto Rehab Hospital, followed by a total of 11 weeks doing rehabilitation as an out-patient, said she is physically recovered except for numbness in one finger and in an area on one side of her chest.The speech centre of her brain was severely affected, and that presented a major challenge, she said. “I have worked hard at getting it back, but there’s just sometimes when I’m tired that I have trouble wrapping my mouth around the words.”Her message to other women, based on her experience of a delayed diagnosis: “Trust yourself. When you think you have a serious problem, advocate for yourself.”That means starting with an awareness of the signs of stroke, stressed Lindsay, adding that they are summed up by the acronym FAST: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties and time to call emergency services.Stroke is a medical emergency. It’s critical to get treatment such as clot-busting drugs to limit damage to brain cells and improve the chances of recovery, she said.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

RCMP apologizes for Idle No More bacteria comparison

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP is apologizing for a comparison likening the Idle No More movement to “bacteria” which was made by an Aboriginal liaison officer in an internal report.RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Julie Gagnon said the comparison “is not reflective of the views and opinions of the organization.”The bacteria comparison was made in internal site report by RCMP Cpl. Wayne Russett, Aboriginal liaison for the national capital region.The report was part of a series of updates by Russett of the goings-on inside Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s camp on Victoria Island which was set up during her liquids-only fast during the height of the Idle No More movement.The RCMP issued a statement distancing the federal police force from the comparison.“It is unfortunate that one of our employees has referred in an internal email to the Idle No More movement in such a manner,” said Gagnon, in the statement, sent to APTN National News. “The RCMP apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by this unfortunate choice of words to describe the Idle No More movement.”While Russett’s site report primarily provided close to real-time details of the evolving situation inside Spence’s camp, it also included a discussion of the Idle No More movement.“This Idle No More movement is like bacteria, it has grown a life of its own all across this nation,” wrote Russett, in the Dec.24, 2012, document. “It may be advisable for all to have contingency plans in place, as this is one issue that is not going to go away.”The report also struck an ominous tone.“There is a high probability that we could see flash mobs, round dances and blockades become much less compliant to laws in an attempt to get their point across,” said the site report. “The escalation of violence is ever near.”The document was titled, “Chief Spense’s Hunger Strike and the Idle No More Movement (sic)” and classified “for law enforcement only.”NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic Niki Ashton demanded during question period Friday that Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney apologize for the bacteria comparison.Ashton’s question was fielded by Conservative MP Roxanne James, the parliamentary secretary for Public Safety. James said she found Ashton’s question “abhorrent” and refused to issue any apology.APTN obtained the site report under the Access to Information Act.APTN filed the request under the Act in April 2013 and only recently received the documents.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

I dont feel its ok Barbara Kentners family wanted accused to be

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe Thunder Bay teenager who allegedly threw a trailer hitch at Anishinaabe woman Barbara Kentner while she was walking down the street is out on bail after being charged with second-degree murder.“I don’t feel it’s okay,” said Melissa Kentner, Barbara Kentner’s sister.“He should still be in jail, awaiting trial. Then see what happens after that,” she said.Barbara Kentner, 34, was hit in the stomach after a passenger in a moving vehicle hurled the hitch out the window  January 28.Kentner required emergency surgery for a ruptured small intestine.A week later, Brayden Bushby, 18, was charged with aggravated assault.Kentner never recovered from her injuries.She died on July 4.(Melissa Kentner outside the Thunder Bay courthouse. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN)Melissa Kentner, who cared for her up until her death, said she’s happy the charge has been upgraded but has mixed emotions.“I don’t know how to feel right now,” said Melissa Kentner. “I’m happy, I’m sad and leary of what’s going to happen. There’s always a chance he could walk.”On Friday Kentner, and her niece Serena, Barbara Kentner’s teenage daughter, met with the Acting Crown Attorney Andrew Sadler, Regional Coroner Michael Wilson, and Thunder Bay Police Detective Joe Dampier at the Thunder Bay courthouse.Kentner had remained hopeful that Bushby’s charge would be upgraded.Earlier in the week, after being invited to the meeting she said that she hoped that he would be charged with murder.They went into the Indigenous Peoples Court to smudge before heading into a private meeting which lasted over an hour.(Barbara Kentner in an undated photo)Coming out of that meeting, Kentner said she felt good.By 11 am, the Crown was before the court reading the upgraded charge of second-degree murder against Bushby.In the months since Barbara Kentner’s death, the Crown had been waiting for the completed coroner’s report with any evidence that would indicate Barbara died as a result of her injuries from being attacked with the trailer hitch.After the assault, Kentner was in and out of the hospital with complications from her injuries.Then in March, Melissa Kentner told APTN National News that her sister had weeks to live.“There’s nothing they could do for her,” Kentner said after the family met with doctors.It was a cold Saturday night in January when Barbara was walking down the street with her older sister Melissa.They were walking from their sister’s house to Melissa’s son’s house, a few blocks away.It was a walk they did often. Turns out, it was also their last.Melissa Kentner recalled seeing the vehicle coming towards them from down the street with one of the passengers hanging out the window. Melissa Kentner was walking ahead of her sister.“I didn’t really think anything of it and then I heard him say, ‘oh I (f**king) got one’ and he’s laughing away,” said Melissa Kentner.She looked back at her sister who was hunched over in pain.“I got hit with something,” Barbara yelled to her sister.Kentner said she saw the trailer hitch on the ground next to her sister.That trailer hitch now police evidence in a murder case.Hours after his arrest for the second-degree murder of Barbara Kentner, Bushby was walking out of the courthouse with his family.Acting Crown Attorney Sadler didn’t contest the defence’s application to release Bushby from custody.His parents, grandmother, and others sat quietly but anxiously in the courtroom.Bushby stood in the centre of the room, wearing a brown camouflaged jacket, hands cuffed in front of him. He kept his eyes forward on the presiding judge, answering yes and no to the questions asked of him.Bushby’s conditions are essentially the same since his release last February for the aggravated assault charge. He must reside and be in the company of either his mother or father at all times, have no contact or communication with Melissa Kentner and three other individuals, and cannot possess weapons or be in possession of/consume alcohol and controlled substances.Kentner said she still has a lot of questions. Like why haven’t the other three occupants in the vehicle charged?It’s a question that was asked of the Crown.“Things will be unfolding during the court proceedings,” was the only comment the Crown would make.Bushby’s next court appearance is Nov. 6 in Thunder Bay. He has not yet entered a plea.A publication ban prohibits any evidence related to the charge to be published.last_img read more

Inter-Creditor pact a non-starter: Debtors to SC

first_imgNew Delhi: Corporates opposing the RBI’s February 12 circular on loans resolutions have submitted to the Supreme Court that the Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) among banks as a possible debt resolution framework has failed to take off as the relevant institutions like LIC, HUDCO, IFCI, IIFCL, NIACL, SIDBI, GIC are not signatory to it. The companies have slammed the slow progress of the inter-creditor arrangement among the banks saying it is a non-starter due to the absence of relevant members even though the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has endorsed its utility. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe ICA is seen as helping the debt defaulters to avoid bankruptcy proceedings and a possible debt resolution mechanism. The ICA is a non-starter because 49 out of 85 lenders (that is 58 per cent) have so far not signed the agreement even after the expiry of eight months, and 10 of the non signatories are government-owned financial institutions and major lenders in the Infrastructure sector –LIC, HUDCO, IFCI, IIFCL, NIACL, SIDBI, GIC, the pleaders’ their submission stated. “None of the Non Banking Financial Companies/Asset Reconstruction Companies (NBFCs/ARCs) are party to the ICA, without whom the agreement mechanism will not be effective,” the companies further added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe petitioners said: “In its written submission, the RBI has endorsed the ICA as a possible debt resolution mechanism in its submissions to the Supreme Court, since it is aimed at helping debt defaulters to avoid bankruptcy proceedings and requires only 66 per cent approval of lenders.” Indian banks, who are trying to sell their troubled assets are part of the ICA. A group of banks, including public sector, private sector and foreign banks, signed an inter-creditor agreement in 2018 to push for the speedy resolution of non-performing loans on their balance sheets as per which a majority representing two-thirds of the loans within a consortium of lenders should now be sufficient to override any objection to the resolution process coming from dissenting lenders. Under ICA, minority lenders who suspect they are being short-changed by other lenders can now either sell their assets at a discount to a willing buyer or buy out loans from other lenders at a premium. The inter-creditor agreement is aimed at the resolution of loan accounts with a size of Rs 50 crore, anything above that are under the control of a group of lenders. It is part of the broader “Sashakt” plan approved by the government to address the problem of resolving bad loans. ICA Chairman Sunil Mehta is of the opinion that disagreement between joint lenders is the biggest problem in resolving stressed assets. Many debters and lenders believe that the holdout problem, where the objections of a few lenders prevent a settlement between the majority lenders, will be solved through the inter-creditor agreement. Such an agreement may persuade banks to embark more quickly on a resolution plan for stressed assets. This is an improvement on the earlier model, which relied solely on the joint lenders’ forum to arrive at a consensus among creditors. However, the companies approaching Supreme Court against the February 12 Circular on loan resolutions said this alternate mechanism is not taking off. Indian banks have been forced by the RBI to recognise troubled assets on their books, but their resolution has remained a challenge. Supreme Court has heard a bunch of petitions across the sectors — Power, Ship-building, Sugar, Telecom — opposing the RBI’s February circular. A two-judge bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran is hearing a bunch of petitions moved by power, sugar, and ship- building companies challenging the RBI’s circular. On February 12, 2018, the RBI had asked banks and other lenders to either execute a resolution plan for big stressed accounts or file insolvency petitions against them in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).last_img read more

Onethird of female homicides in Sri Lanka related to intimate partners

More than one-third of female homicides in Sri Lanka are related to intimate partner violence, and 69% of such incidences go unreported, a study revealed today.The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) UNFPA conducted the first study of its kind in Sri Lanka to understand the contributory factors of unnatural deaths from a gender perspective. Conducted with the University of Kelaniya, the study focused on unnatural female deaths in five provinces in the country. An ‘unnatural death’ is said to occur as a result of external causes such as injury, trauma or poisoning where the manner or circumstance could be homicidal, suicidal or accidental, or at times even not determined. Speaking at the event, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Country Representative stated: “Gender-based violence is not only a violation of individual women’s and girls’ rights. The impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and the fear generated by their actions, has an effect on the entire society. Despite the extensive work done by the government, women’s organizations, the UN and other partners, victims of violence often lack access to essential services that support their safety, health and access to justice.”According to the study, more than one-third of female homicides in Sri Lanka are related to intimate partner violence, and 69% of such incidences go unreported. Findings also revealed that physical trauma is the leading cause for hospitalization in Sri Lanka. To mark International Women’s Day in Sri Lanka and to launch the brief report of the findings, UNFPA together with the University of Kelaniya convened a panel discussion in Colombo; with the presence of Ms. Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka. The panel discussion was chaired by Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe – Professor of the Department of English, University of Kelaniya; Prof. Anurudhdhi Edirisinghe – Principle investigator and Professor of Forensic Medicine, University of Kelaniya; leading the research; Dr. Subhangi Herath – Senior Lecturer of the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo and Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Professor of Law, Emeritus, University of Colombo. Out of the 243 homicides reviewed in the study, 128 of the cases identified the perpetrator as the legal husband. At the end of the 3-year study, it was found that only 30% of the homicide cases had reached the High Court; while the average time period for conclusion of cases is 3 years from the time a case is filed.In light of this, the study aims to describe the problems associated with the judicial processes and outcomes relating to unnatural female deaths. It further aims to provide policy inputs and guidelines to address problems associated with the investigation and judicial processes relating to the issue.At the panel discussion, UNFPA also presented a policy brief on the ‘Reportage of Unnatural Deaths of Women and Girls in Sri Lankan Newspapers’. The policy brief explored ways in which media reportage of the issue breach ethical guidelines on reportage; highlighting the importance of sensitive and responsible reportage by the media. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Central African Republic UN agencies rally to help displaced Annan envoy leaves

A UN spokesman said today in New York that planning within the UN family was under way to assist between some 80,000 to100,000 people who have been displaced or who are now homeless as a result of the violence. A UN flight carrying 30 tonnes of health and water supply equipment is scheduled to arrive today from Kinshasa, while more flights from other locations in the region and in Europe are expected in the coming days, the spokesman said. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the lead humanitarian agency responding to the needs of the population in the aftermath of the attempted coup.On the political front, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, General Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali, left Libreville, Gabon, today on his way to the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui. Before leaving Libreville, General Touré met with Gabon’s Foreign Minister, Jean Peng. General Touré’s trip comes in response to the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic as part of Mr. Annan’s continued involvement from UN Headquarters in seeking a solution to the current situation.The envoy will hold discussions aimed at ending the reported fighting in parts of Bangui between forces loyal to the Government and the rebels, and restoring peaceful political dialogue within the framework of respect for the country’s democratic institutions. read more

DR Congo UN seeks to revive vital agricultural sector disrupted by war

With nearly 80 per cent of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) trapped in extreme poverty and more than 70 per cent undernourished, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is appealing for $50 million to support the agricultural rehabilitation of the vast war-torn country.“Instability in rural areas has led to an almost total breakdown of the food security situation,” the Director of FAO’s Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division, Anne M. Bauer said, noting that years of conflict have left over 4 million dead, with 1,200 continuing to die every day from violence, disease and malnutrition.“Access to fields remains unsafe, especially for women. Rural feeder roads are almost non-existent, which hinders commercialization and distribution of local products, and the inferior quality of seed stocks and lack of basic tools make agricultural work difficult,” she added, voicing hope that forthcoming elections will cement DRC’s return to peace and stability.“After years of war, mismanagement and widespread chronic poverty, these elections are an unprecedented opportunity for the Congolese to establish a legitimate authority committed to poverty reduction and food security,” Ms. Bauer said.“The support of the humanitarian community is crucial, and FAO, with the continued generosity of donors, will play an important role in helping the country move forward by restoring rural livelihoods and helping vulnerable people meet their nutritional needs,” she added. Agriculture, which supports two-thirds of DRC’s 60 million people, will play a key role in future economic growth and poverty reduction in a country where more than 1.7 million people remain displaced, and an additional 1.7 million have recently returned and are trying to re-establish their homes and livelihoods. This year’s FAO Action plan addresses malnutrition and includes support for families affected by HIV/AIDS, aid in reintegrating returnees as well as ex-combatants and coordinating emergency agriculture operations such as distributing seeds and tools.Other activities seek to rehabilitate infrastructure, including rural roads, support a rapid response capacity through pre-positioning of strategic stocks of agricultural inputs, and promote marketing of agricultural products.As part of its longer-term development initiatives, FAO is working to eradicate cassava mosaic, a disease that has contributed to the 20 per cent decline in cassava production in the country over the past 10 years. read more

Faster broadband has delivered £9 billion boost for UK business according to

“We’ve also recently introduced a raft of lower wholesale prices to help drive higher take-up of faster fibre services which will help to further fuel the boost to the UK economy.”The Evaluation of the Economic Impact and Public Value of the Superfast Broadband Programme report said for every £1 invested in superfast broadband, business had seen a £12.28 benefit.The report, covering the period 2012-2016, also claimed the rollout had lead to a reduction of almost 9,000 jobseekers allowance claims and the creation of 49,000 local jobs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Iain MacDonald Faster broadband has driven a £9 billion increase in turnover for businesses, according to new figures.The boost has come from the Government rollout of superfast broadband, which the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed has now reached almost 5 million homes and businesses.Digital minister Margot James said an independent assessment of the rollout showed the benefit to local businesses.She said: “Our rollout of superfast broadband across the UK has been the most challenging infrastructure project in a generation, but is one of our greatest successes.“We are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week, that can now reap the clear and tangible benefits that superfast broadband provides.“We are helping to ensure the downfall of the digital divide.”Ms James said the target was to ensure everyone in the UK has access to fast and affordable broadband by 2020 and there should be nationwide gigabit connectivity by 2033. Currently, the highest coverage rate is in North East England (97.19%), followed by South East England (97.07%) and the West Midlands (96.56%).The lowest coverage level is in Northern Ireland (87.74%), followed by South West England (93.34%) and Scotland (93.53%).Openreach chief executive Clive Selley said the superfast broadband rollout was one of the country’s great engineering achievements.“It is great to see businesses across the UK reaping the benefits of faster broadband speeds,” he said. read more

Impact of beauty industry on UK economy outstrips motor manufacturing

The selfie culture has helped the growth of beauty product sales to such an extent that the industry is now worth £30 billion to the UK economy, outstripping more traditional sectors.A report published this month has found that the British beauty industry directly employs nearly 370,000 and supports another 220,000, more than those employed in the law and social work sectors.The Value of Beauty, commissioned from Oxford Economics by the newly-formed British Beauty Council, argues that until now the contribution of the beauty industry has been underrated and wrongly regarded as peripheral to the economy.The report, the first of its kind to examine in detail the scale of the beauty sector, claims it makes a bigger contribution to the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) than even motor manufacturing or publishing.It cites figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that while motor manufacturing in the UK makes a direct contribution of £13.5 billion to the economy, the direct contribution of beauty retailers, manufacturers and advertisers was £14.2 billion last year.That rises to £28.4 billion when indirect contributions such as the wages spent by beauty workers in the wider economy are taken into account, the equivalent of 1.3 percent of the UK’s total GDP. Ms Kendall said it was time the serious contribution of the beauty industry to the economic well being of the country was recognised.“Beauty is a force for good both in the UK and globally. Our Value of Beauty report is a crucial first step in achieving recognition for the huge impact the beauty industry makes to the UK economy. Longer term, it’s about changing the reputation of beauty so that it’s recognised as the positive, dynamic and successful industry that it so clearly is. We don’t want to be fluffy any longer,” she added.The report found that the beauty industry supported a total of 590,500 jobs in 2018, equating to one in every 60 jobs in the UK economy, and similar to the total number of people employed in Birmingham last year.It also found that the beauty industry contributed £7 billion in UK tax revenues, equivalent to the combined salaries of 250,000 nurses and midwives.The authors argue that the contribution of the industry has had a significant effect on the health of the high street through the presence of beauty salons, hairdressers and nail parlours.While the number of retailers of beauty products has fallen by 169, in part due to the growth of online sales, the number of service providers in the beauty sector has grown by 1,394.The report was welcomed by major industry figures. Annie Murphy, chief commercial officer of the retail giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) said: “The Value of Beauty report has shone a bright light on the fantastic contribution to employment in the UK that the Beauty industry is making. “The sheer scale is really impressive, as is the diversity of the employees working across theindustry in age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation. We are proud to be a highly-inclusive industry with opportunity for all.” A woman receiving ultrasonic and laser face treatment at beauty salonCredit:Gregor Bister/Getty Images  Two social media 'influencers' discussing beauty products Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two social media ‘influencers’ discussing beauty productsCredit:martin-dm/E+ The explosion in online shopping and the phenomenon of sharing images on social media has contributed to the huge growth in the use of beauty products and treatments, say industry insiders.They point out that a survey carried out a decade ago estimated the worth of the beauty industry at £18 billion, compared to the £27.2 billion in 2018 found by Oxford Economics.Millie Kendall, CEO of the British Beauty Council, said: “The visual aspect of social media has certainly contributed to people using more beauty products, and the sale of those products on line has seen a tremendous growth in sales.“Combining those two aspects is the impact of social media ‘influencers’, who have played a great part in the spread of particular beauty products to more and more people.” A woman receiving ultrasonic and laser face treatment at beauty salon read more

Skeletal remains of human suspected to be female found at Puruni

The remains that were discoveredThe skeletal remains of a human were on Sunday discovered at Thomas Island, Puruni River, Region Seven. The remains are suspected to be that of a female.Based on reports received, a security personnel stumbled upon the remains while heading to an internet cafe to make a call. He however, reported the findings to the police on Tuesday.As such, officers were dispatched to the scene to conduct preliminary investigations. It is presumed that the body was there for several weeks.Due to the present state of decomposition, the body was unable to be identified, only a brassiere was reportedly on the body an some amount of flesh.The police are making checks to determine if a missing person’s report was made of recent.A police source confirmed that no such reports were made.However, police are continuing their investigations.A postmortem examination is expected to be performed on the remains to determine the cause of death.This publication was informed that investigators will continue to question people in the area with the hope of getting a breakthrough with respect to the identity of the remains. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice question ECD man in connection with human skeleton found at PuruniJuly 15, 2018In “Crime”Miner remanded for alleged murder of ex-loverJuly 24, 2018In “Court”Court grants 72 hours extension to detain husband, accompliceMay 23, 2016In “Crime” read more

En Chine des robots jouent au tennis de table

first_imgEn Chine, des robots jouent au tennis de tableLa Chine est reconnue pour sa pratique intensive du tennis de table. Mais qui aurait pensé que les sportifs seraient un jour remplacés par…des robots?Le tennis de table est un sport demandant vitesse et réflexes. De prime abord, cette activité n’est pas du tout faite pour les robots, qui malgré les progrès, restent lents dans leurs déplacements. Mais des chercheurs chinois ont mis récemment à mal ce constat, selon Übergizmo, en présentant de nouveaux modèles de machines assez précises pour jouer un match à l’instar d’un être humain.À lire aussiEn Chine, la guerre contre la pollution de l’air a un effet désastreux et inattenduWu et Kong, c’est leur nom, peuvent pendant leur partie servir, échanger et marquer seuls, sans intervention de l’homme. Pour suivre l’action, ils sont équipés de caméras programmées pour localiser la balle uniquement. Cependant, il est inconcevable pour le moment que l’un d’entre eux jouent avec un humain sans se retrouver pulvérisé dès le premier jeu. Le monde de la robotique avance à pas de géants et cette activité, même limitée à l’heure actuelle, montre l’étendue des possibilités. Bientôt des Jeux Olympiques réservés aux machines?  Le 16 octobre 2011 à 14:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

A year of Chrome updates gifts laptop users over 2 hours of

first_imgJust a couple months ago, Microsoft told you that Edge was the browser to beat when it came to battery life. Seems like Google found that test a little suspect.Big G pumps out Chrome updates on a regular (and rather rapid) cadence, and over the past twelve months  they’ve put a lot of effort into making it more efficient. According to a blog post they just published, those efforts have really paid off.The version of Chrome that its users are browsing with today is about 25% easier on laptop batteries than the one they used last year. Google’s comparison video shows two Surface Books running Chrome side-by-side, one with version 46 and the other running the current stable build (53).At the 8:27 mark, the older version packs it in. The latest Chrome keeps the good times rolling for another 2 hours and 25 minutes. That’s a very different result than the one we saw from Microsoft’s tests.In case you missed their browser battery rundown, Microsoft’s setup looked a lot like Google’s except with a big digital time clock perched on top. In the Microsoft test, the Surface Book running Chrome only lasted a little over 4 hours. Edge — which won the contest handily — squeezed out another 3 hours.But even Edge fell well short of the 10-plus hours Chrome managed in Google’s test. Either there are some major differences in the two testing methods, or Microsoft has done some terrific work on the Surface Book’s overall battery life. Any way you slice it, it’s great to know that everybody seems very intent on making our laptops last as long as possible between charges.last_img read more

Maersk Group enhances maternity benefits for global employees

first_imgDanish transportation and energy organisation Maersk Group is to introduce improved maternity benefits for its employees globally.In an effort to increase the retention of female staff following childbirth or adoption, from 4 April 2016, Maersk Group is to launch a new policy to enhance benefits during and after maternity leave.The programme will include a scheme allowing a phased reintegration to work for all onshore employees and a global guaranteed minimum of 18 weeks maternity leave on full pay for all staff, subject to local workforce regulations. This will also give onshore employees the opportunity to work 20% less hours at full contractual pay within the first year of childbirth or adoption for up to six months after returning to work.The phased return aims to provide women with a smoother transition back to work and improve retention rates.The policy will improve terms for Maersk’s female employees in at least 51 countries out of the 130 in which the group operates, compared to the statutory minimum. In the US, over 1,200 women employed will be eligible for 18 weeks of paid leave compared to their current paid leave, which is typically six weeks.The new policy follows a study of female employee retention rates after childbirth across 76 countries. This found that Maersk’s retention rate was 70% between 2012 and 2014, and that 80% of female employees who left did so in the first 12 months after returning to work.Over the last three years an average of approximately 500 women have gone on maternity leave each year across the Maersk Group. As of February 2015, Maersk Group employed more than 23,000 female staff across its global locations.The policy also includes one week of paternity leave and, depending on local laws, may provide some paid leave for the new child’s primary caregiver, whether male or female.Lucien Alziari, head of group HR at Maersk Group, said: “This new policy supports our aim to retain the talented women working at Maersk Group and attract even more to gain access to future and wider talent pools and strengthen our business results.“When implemented, the new policy will strengthen our efforts to retain talented women, while at the same time result in additional benefits to the group, for example, via reduced hiring costs and productivity loss.“Our aspiration is to reach a global best practice maternity retention rate of 90% over time.”last_img read more

Klukwans Hotch will attend National Medal awards ceremony in Washington DC

first_imgLani Hotch with her Berners Bay weaving in the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center in Klukwan. (Emily Files)The Alaska State Museums are set to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in Washington, D.C. next week. It’s the highest recognition of its kind. The director of a new cultural heritage center in Klukwan is part of the group receiving the award in the nation’s capital.Listen nowThe Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center opened in the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan last spring. Executive Director Lani Hotch said they got a lot of help from the Alaska State Museums as the cultural center was being developed.“We couldn’t have done it without them,” Hotch said.Hotch said the State Museums helped in a number of different ways.“They helped us get our museum organizational stuff put together,” Hotch said. “They taught us some basic skills for handling artifacts and things. We learned how to properly clean and handle them.”They even helped with the design of the building itself.“I sent the architect down to Juneau to meet with the museum folks so that they could have some input on the design to make sure that it would work as a museum facility,” Hotch said.The heritage center houses some of the most renowned pieces of Northwest Coast Art, the Whale House Collection. Hotch said the State Museums aided with documentation and conservation work of some of those art pieces.Hotch is attending the national medal awards ceremony as a community representative. Patience Frederiksen will also be there to accept the award. She’s the director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums at the Alaska Department of Education.“It’s a huge honor to get this,” Frederiksen said. “For us, it feels like it is a validation of work that the state museums, the one in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka have been doing for many, many years.”The museums in Juneau and Sitka are the only two state museums in Alaska. But they also do outreach and provide development resources to museums throughout the state.Frederiksen said having Hotch at the ceremony is representative of that aspect of the organization’s mission.“Most museums, when they go, they bring a member of their community, of their town,” Frederiksen said. “That has used the museum a lot. In our case, our community is all of Alaska. So having Lani come is really great.”“Another large community are Alaska Natives,” Frederiksen continued. “And to have somebody from a museum that is Alaska Native sort of doubles up on the two types of communities that we do serve. She represents both of those communities very well.”Ten libraries and museums from across the country are receiving the national recognition. The awards ceremony will be held at the National Archives Museum on Monday, July 17.last_img read more

DU forms committee to probe question leak

first_imgThe authorities of Dhaka University (DU) on Saturday formed a three-member probe committee to investigate into the alleged entry tests question leak of ‘Gha’ unit under the Social Science faculty, reports UNB.DU vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman told UNB that the incident was not a question paper leak, but the probe committee was formed to investigate whether there was any digital forgery or not.The committee will be healed by pro-VC Mohammad Samad while two other members of the body are Biology Faculty dean Emdadul Hoque and assistant proctor Maksudur Rahman.The committee was asked to submit the report within 48 hours.Fourteen images of handwritten question papers of Dhaka University’s ‘Gha’ unit entry test were spread out on social media around 9:17am on Friday, 43 minutes prior to the exam begins.After scrutinising the images and the original question paper provided at the exam halls, it was found that 72 MCQ questions (19 in Bengali, 17 in English and 36 in general knowledge section) were matched.last_img read more

Roku Hardware GM Chas Smith Set to Retire in Early 2019

first_img Popular on Variety Smith, who is 58, joined Roku in March 2010 as VP of sales, leading online sales of the company’s media players. In August 2012, he assumed the role of GM of original equipment manufacturing to lead the Roku TV business. In December 2015 he was promoted to his current role.Prior to Roku, Smith headed his own consulting company, catering to companies in the digital media market on sales and marketing strategies. Before that, he worked at Avid Technology for 10 years, most recently as GM of its worldwide video division. Before joining Avid in 1996, he worked at Digidesign, a digital-audio technology company, where ran worldwide sales and marketing. Earlier in his career, Smith was a keyboard player for a Scottish rock band and was a music writer for radio and TV advertising jingles. Chas Smith, general manager of Roku’s hardware business, plans to retire and is expected to leave the company at the end of the first quarter of 2019, Roku announced.The company said it has a search underway with an executive-placement firm to find a successor for the exec. Smith is senior VP and GM of Roku TVs and players, overseeing retail sales and partnerships for the company’s line of hardware products.Roku CEO Anthony Wood credited Smith with the idea for Roku’s smart TV business, leading the company’s efforts to be the top licensed smart-TV platform in the U.S. The lineup of Roku TVs includes models from brands including Best Buy’s Insignia, TCL, Sharp, Hisense, Philips, Sanyo, RCA, Hitachi and Magnavox.“Over the last several years, Chas has been instrumental in transforming our business. We all wish Chas a long, healthy and happy retirement as he enters this new chapter in his life,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood said in a statement.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Google hands developers keys to enliven interactive rooms

first_img Google Dart debut sparks chatter of JavaScript coup © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org) — Google this week announced it is opening code for building interactive experiences in physical spaces. The Monday posting on its open-source blog site, which carries news about its open source projects, announced the release of Interactive Spaces. As such, Google has a special invitation for developers: “Make a room come alive,” using this framework for creating interactive spaces. The release is described as a new API and runtime that allows developers to build interactive applications for physical spaces. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Google hands developers keys to enliven interactive rooms (2012, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-google-keys-enliven-interactive-rooms.htmlcenter_img Explore further More information: Google’s blog This is an “initial source” release, according to Google, and a binary release will follow. Interactive Spaces is written in Java, and runs on any operating system that supports Java, including Linux, OSX and soon Windows. Javascript and Python are supported out of the box. Also, openFrameworks is supported. The latter is an open source C++ toolkit for “creative coding.” The openFrameworks community uses the toolkit as general-purpose glue, as they phrase it, with code written to be “massively cross compatible,” wrapping together numerous libraries such as OpenGL, GLEW, GLUT, libtess2 and cairo for graphics; rtAudio, PortAudio or FMOD and Kiss FFT for audio input, output and analysis; FreeType for fonts; and Quicktime and videoInput for video playback.As for Interactive Spaces, the way it works can be boiled down to concepts such as “producers” and “consumers.” The floor is a consumer of events that connects to cameras in the ceiling, which are producers of events. “Any number of producers and consumers can be connected to each other, making it possible to create quite complex behavior in the physical space,” according to Google’s notes.Scenarios for the “intelligent rooms” can be adapted with a few lines of code or original, detailed interfaces written from the ground up. Keith Hughes, who is with Google’s Experience Engineering Team, comments on what developers can expect with Interactive Spaces as a collection of libraries for implementing the activities to run in their interactive space. “Implementing an activity can require anything from a few lines in a simple configuration file to you creating the proper interfaces entirely from scratch. The former gets you off the ground very quickly, but limits what your activity can do, while the latter allows you the most power at the cost of more complexity,” he said.As the framework notes suggest, design possibilities are many and applications can range from creative designers putting together novel interactive installations, to the creation of live gaming environments, to educational events where interactions support a targeted learning experience. Google offers a sample scenario, asking us to imagine walking into a room where the room recognizes where we are and can respond based on our position in the space. Cameras in the ceiling do “blob tracking,” says Google, and those blobs are people walking on the floor. The floor responds to the blobs by having colored circles appear underneath the feet of someone standing on the floor and then having the circles follow that person around.“Blob-tracking” fits in the realm of computer vision work, where visual modules are aimed at detecting points or regions in the image that differ in properties such as brightness or color compared to the surrounding.Google, in discussing further plans for Intreractive Spaces, intends to add support for the Processing language, also open source, providing an environment for creating images, animations, and interactions. As such, Processing has become a familiar programming tool for those who generate art and graphical presentations.Interactive Spaces is licensed under the Apache license 2.0 and the source code for the project is available from Google Code.last_img read more

Support to keep Singapores antigay laws is growing stronger by the day

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A petition to keep the ban on gay sex in Singapore has more than double the number of signatures than a petition that calls for an end to it. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/support-to-keep-singapores-anti-gay-laws-is-growing-stronger-by-the-day/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Debate is raging in Singapore about whether the government should repeal anti-gay laws. | Photo: Change.org Inspired by India’s historic Supreme Court ruling to repeal its homosexual sex ban, Singapore’s LGBTI decided to launch a campaign to follow in India’s footsteps.Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalizes consensual sex between men. Inherited from British colonizers, the LGBTI community in Singapore have called for the government to scrap 377A.LGBTI advocates launched a petition to put forward to the government asking it repeal the law.‘How much longer must gay Singaporeans live as second class citizens; branded criminals by laws meant to protect all Singaporeans?’ the petition reads.The petition quickly got 30,000 signatures and at the time of publishing almost 40,000.Singapore is a socially conservative city-island state in south east Asia with a population of about 5.6 million people.The keep 377A movementBut conservative groups launched a counter petition in favor of keeping 377A. It already has more than 100,000 signatures.‘By repealing the section 377A penal code, it would begin to normalize homosexual behaviours as a societal norm and lead to greater push for other LGBT rights in our conservative society as we have seen played out in other western societies today,’ the petition reads.The popular petition comes as a coalition of church groups do not support repealing 377A. The influential National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) said in a statement ‘that the homosexual lifestyle is not only harmful for individuals, but also for families and society as a whole’.NCCS represents about 200 churches in Singapore where Christianity is the second biggest religion after Buddhism.‘The repeal of Section 377A would result in the normalisation and promotion of this lifestyle (homosexuality), which in turn would lead to undesirable moral and social consequences, a slippery slope as seen in some countries taking this step,’ the statement read.Petitions are not the problemLeow Yangfa is a long-time advocate and executive director of LGBTI support group Oogachaga. He said he was not concerned about how many signatures the petition had.Leow told Gay Star News that the NCCS does not represent all Christians or even all religious people in Singapore.‘What I am more concerned about (is) the fact that we lack open and factual discussions about how 377A impacts LGBT individuals, couples, families and communities.  For many, it is not intuitive how legislation, even when not “proactively enforced”, can impact all of us.  It is usually easier to sign a petition after reading an emotionally charged appeal,’ he said.Leow also said the petition didn’t concern him because Singapore mandates a separation of church and state.In 2009… then Deputy PM and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng, stated that: ‘If religious groups start to campaign to change certain government policies, or use the pulpit to mobilise their followers to pressure the government, or push aggressively to gain ground at the expense of other groups, this must lead to trouble’.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Help locate these missing Pit Bull puppies in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The puppies are around 3 to 4 months old, and the owner desperately wants them back.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! An appeal is made to please help reunite two adorable Pit Bull puppies with their owner.The puppies went missing yesterday morning (May 15) in Surat Road.The owner says that when she went looking for the dogs in the yard, she couldn’t find them.Also read: Help find missing dogsAlso read: Help find Doc’s missing petsIf you have seen these puppies or know where they are, you can contact the Ladysmith Gazette on 0366376801last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories LISTEN: Podcast – Big Red Rage With the NFL draft approaching in two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals are working feverishly to settle their draft board.Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Big Red Rage Show Thursday the team has had spirited conversations about this year’s crop of players.“We rank them one through 120 on who we would take for the Arizona Cardinals,” Keim said. “So once we get to draft day and all the emotions are running, we’ve already had those tough conversations, we’ve already separated these players. So once we get to the seventh pick and six players are gone, it’s easy to know who we’re taking.” “It happens every year. You just have to be willing to turn over every stone and to dig and we have a great scouting staff that does their due diligence and we feel very good about our process.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But despite making great progress, Keim said the organization hasn’t come to a consensus on a pick.“Not yet. We’ve actually gotten most of the way through the offensive part of our discussions,” Keim said.Keim said those discussions have proven to be heated and opinionated at times, which he believes is a good sign.“You want to see people fight for what they believe in,” Keim explained. “So if you had a camera in that war room while we’re talking about the players, it can get quite interesting. But at the end of the day when we put that card on the board, it’s a Cardinal grade.”The Cardinals’ GM said the team remains steadfast on selecting the best available player and will look to draft accordingly.But one area of the draft that appears particularly strong is the depth at the offensive line position, which is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Keim and the Cardinals.“We finished talking about most of the offensive lineman [Thursday],” Keim stated. “It is a good group, not only from top to bottom. I mean there are guys that are going to go in the first round and I think they’re going to have tremendous success. I think there are going to be guys you could find in rounds three through six that are going to be good, quality NFL starters. Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more