Soldier shot in Ottawa Parliament Hill in lockdown

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – A man believed to be a soldier has been shot in Ottawa Wednesday at the War Memorial and the shooter is believed to have ran to Parliament Hill where reports of gun shots were heard inside centre block.The War Memorial, a few hundred metres from Parliament, is guarded by two soliders daily. It’s believed to be one of those soldiers who was shot.Construction worker Scott Walsh, 21, was in a ‎manhole in front of Parliament Hill when he heard the shots. When he came out he saw a man with a double-barreled shotgun run past and hijack what is believed to be a security vehicle on Parliament Hill and head towards Centre Block.Walsh said he hit the ground and described the man as sort of dark skinned with long black hair with a scarf around his face.After the shooting, the gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament.Inside centre block, MPs and parliament hill staff are describing a chaotic scene. Newfoundland MP Gerry Byrne says he heard nearly a dozen shots fired inside centre block which houses MPs offices, the Senate and the House of Commons.Police and soldiers have parliament hill surrounded as the search continues. It believed police are now focussing on the east block.More to come.last_img read more

The Latest Googles AI assistant becoming even more helpful

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Latest on Google conference in California (all times local):10:35 a.m.Google says its artificial intelligence assistant will get a series of updates this year, including one that lets it book rental cars and movie tickets for you.Google says Assistant will be able to book cars and tickets using online forms on Android phones later this year. The technology behind this, called Duplex, was released last year amid much fanfare and some worries about its ability to sound creepily human when calling restaurant to make reservations.Assistant will also be shrunk down on new Pixel phones later this year to a size that lets it understand and respond to some commands without sending information to Google’s servers.The AI is also learning to offer more personal suggestions to users by learning common contact names and addresses.Google announced the updates at its annual developers conference Tuesday in Mountain View, California.___10:25 a.m.Google CEO Sundar Pichai has kicked off the company’s annual conference by reiterating his intention to come up with more features to help make people’s live easier.The pledge made Tuesday before a crowd of about 7,000 computer programmers is part of Pichai’s efforts to diversify Google beyond its roots as a search.The search engine remains the main way that Google makes billions of dollars annually by selling digital ads that are targeted at the interests that people reveal through their search requests.Early announcements include features to automatically calculate tips and split the bill by pointing the camera at a receipt. Or point the camera to a physical menu to highlight popular dishes.Google is expected to unveil several products and other features unrelated to its search engine during the conference in Mountain View, California.___8:30 a.m.Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to showcase much-anticipated updates to the company’s hardware lines and artificial intelligence.Google will also likely address privacy updates as concerns about data sharing continue to plague the tech industry. Facebook dedicated much of its own conference last week to addressing privacy.Rumours suggest that Google may unveil a mid-range Pixel phone as a cheaper option to the flagship model currently on sale for $800.Pichai has a keynote scheduled Tuesday at the company’s annual I/O conference for software developers in Mountain View, California.Google says more than 7,000 developers will attend. The conference is focused on updates for the computer engineers that build apps and services on top of Google technology. I/O has also become a stage to announce new consumer products.The Associated Press read more

Money paid out by UN Compensation Commission for Kuwait invasion tops 21

The amount of money paid out by the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) settling damage awards stemming from Iraq’s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait topped $21 billion today with the allocation of more than $417 million to 46 claimants in seven countries. Money for the awards comes from the UN Compensation Fund, which received up to 30 per cent of the revenue generated by Iraqi oil exports under the now defunct UN Oil-for-Food programme, which allowed the sanctions-bound regime of Saddam Hussein to sell oil for humanitarian supplies. Today’s payment of $417,819,931 brings the overall amount of compensation made available to date by the UNCC to $21,417,164,895.48.

US mine blast Excoal CEO Blankenship at end of prison term

by John Raby, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2017 4:35 pm MDT Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US mine blast: Ex-coal CEO Blankenship at end of prison term FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, file photo, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, left, makes his way out of the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse during a break in deliberations, in Charleston, W. Va. Blankenship is finishing up his one-year federal prison sentence related to the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website, Blankenship is set to be released Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from a halfway house in Phoenix. He must serve one year of supervised release. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert, File) CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Former coal executive Don Blankenship jumped back on Twitter on Wednesday, renewing his feud with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on the day Blankenship was to finish a one-year prison sentence arising from the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in decades.Even before the U.S. Bureau of Prisons listed Blankenship as leaving a halfway house in Arizona, the ex-Massey Energy CEO rattled off a series of tweets. He took swipes at a federal mine safety agency and Manchin, the senator from West Virginia where the Upper Big Branch mine exploded in 2010. Blankenship also re-offered his version of what happened at the mine.“I challenge Sen. Manchin to debate UBB truth,” Blankenship wrote, referring to the mine with initials. “A U.S. Senator who says I have ‘blood on my hands’ should be man enough to face me in public.”Blankenship was referring to an April 2014 statement from Manchin, six months before federal prosecutors announced an indictment against the mine executive.A Bureau of Prisons spokesman didn’t return requests for comment, and Blankenship was still listed late Wednesday afternoon as being at the halfway house. Blankenship still must serve one year of supervised release.Manchin said in a statement that he hopes Blankenship “chooses to do the right thing and disappear from the public eye.”Blankenship was sentenced last year for a misdemeanour conviction of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch, where 29 workers died. He was acquitted of felonies that could have stretched his sentence to 30 years.“I’m glad he had time to reflect on the pain he caused,” former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, whose office in Charleston prosecuted the case, said in a text message to The Associated Press ahead of Blankenship’s release. “I hope he used it wisely and will come out of prison ready to make amends.”It wasn’t immediately clear where Blankenship will serve his supervised release. After his indictment, federal prosecutors indicated Blankenship owned homes in several states, and Blankenship said he lived in Las Vegas. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Charleston referred questions to the Bureau of Prisons.Blankenship’s attorney, William Taylor, didn’t return requests for comment.Former Upper Big Branch miner Tommy Davis, who lost a son, brother and a nephew in the explosion, said Blankenship should still be in prison.“He didn’t get what he deserved,” Davis said.Four investigations found worn and broken cutting equipment created a spark that ignited accumulations of coal dust and methane gas at Upper Big Branch. Broken and clogged water sprayers then allowed what should have been a minor flare-up to become an inferno.Blankenship has said natural gas, and not methane gas and excess coal dust, was at the root of the explosion. Authorities dismissed that argument.Massey was later bought by Alpha Natural Resources of Bristol, Virginia. Alpha agreed in 2011 to pay $210 million to compensate the grieving families, bankroll cutting-edge safety improvements and pay for years of violations by Massey Energy. Alpha announced in 2012 that the mine would be permanently sealed.Blankenship, 67, served most of his sentence at Correctional Institute Taft near Bakersfield, California. While there, he wrote a 67-page blog before his appeal was heard in which he called himself an “American political prisoner.”During the trial, prosecutors called Blankenship a bullish micromanager who meddled in the smallest details of Upper Big Branch. They said Massey’s safety programs were just a facade — never backed by more money to hire additional miners or take more time on safety tasks. read more

UN chief honours enduring legacy of Dr Martin Luther King

“Dr. King was one of the moral giants of the 20th century. He devoted his life to equality, justice, and non-violent social change,” said the UN chief in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.“Decades after his death, he continues to inspire all those around the world who are struggling for human rights and human dignity in the face of oppression, discrimination and injustice.”Dr. King’s advocacy and pronouncements against discrimination, and in favour of social justice, of global understanding and the virtues of diversity are more relevant today than ever, added the Secretary-General.Born in January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. King was shot and killed on the evening of 4 April 1968 while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city.In 1978, ten years after his death, the civil rights leader was posthumously awarded the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, honouring him for his outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights instruments.Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. read more

Bizarre tale of the Queen Jack the bonsai tree and a firstclass

first_imgChina's leading English language newspaper described the Duke’s remarks as 'foot in mouth disease' I sincerely hope that the tree is given an appropriate welcome upon arrival in the UKPeking diplomat Frank Savage’s memo The Queen viewing some of the Terracotta Army soldier statues during the state visit to ChinaCredit:Hulton Archive/Getty He was “somewhat horrified” to learn that for the remaining eight hours the tree was to be stored in a pen with two Alsatians as guard dogs, noting “this plan was dropped with some alacrity when I pointed out the obvious.”The tree was then flown home on the same flight as the Queen. In his memo, Mr Savage signed off: “I sincerely hope that the tree is given an appropriate welcome upon arrival in the UK (say, an escort from the Light Brigade), and that it will receive visitors (preferably Cantonese speakers) while it is in quarantine for 12 weeks at The Savoy.”The memo was part of a tranche of documents related to the state visit, released by the Foreign Office under the Freedom of Information Act. The Queen viewing some of the Terracotta Army soldier statues during the state visit to China When the Queen was presented with ceremonial gifts during a visit to China in 1986, her officials were tasked with arranging their safe transit to Britain.In the case of a 60-year-old bonsai tree, that was easier said than done.Newly released documents have disclosed the comical lengths to which our man in Peking went in order to get the tree from China to Windsor in one piece – including first class travel (for the tree, but not the people accompanying it), a police motorcade, a personal security guard, and a welcome delegation of executives from British Airways.The tree – later nicknamed ‘Jack’ – was a gift from the Governor of Guangdong and the plan was to put it on the Queen’s Flight to Hong Kong for the next leg of the trip.center_img For Frank Savage, a diplomat in Peking, that was where the problems began. In its ornate bamboo cage, the tree was too big to fit through the cabin door. The hold had no temperature control.”I was not prepared to risk the health of our venerable tree in temperatures of -50C,” Mr Savage wrote.Instead, it was arranged for the tree to travel in the first class freight van of the mid-morning train to Hong Kong, while Mr Savage and his wife had to make do with second class.He noted wryly that the tree “became something of a local celebrity for the short while that it was with us”.At Kowloon Station, they were met by a superintendent of police and six officers, who whisked them to the airport in a three-car motorcade.At the airport “the tree was greeted by two high official from BA plus around twenty lesser mortals,” Mr Savage recalled.”I was informed that BA would put a guard on the tree 16 hours a day in order to attend to its every need (I recommended a Cantonese as opposed to a Mandarin speaker so that the tree would not be unduly lonely).” Also published is the reply to Mr Savage from Philip Rouse, an official in the Far Eastern Department, who had been tasked with meeting the tree at Heathrow.Mr Rouse had under-estimated the height of the tree, and turned up in his small hatchback hoping to drive it to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) quarantine station in Harpenden.Instead he “commandeered a British Airways truck and set off into the night. Two hours later, after seeking directions at the Cricketers public house in St Alban’s, I arrived at Harpenden”.Mr Rouse had instructed the director of the agricultural station to open his greenhouse despite the late hour in order to receive the famous tree, which the British had nicknamed ‘Jack’.He said: “The MAFF man, a Bonsai buff, went down on his knees in ecstasy and delight. His wife, obviously wishing to be part of this royal occasion, handed round sandwiches and cocoa. I left them at midnight peering through the bamboo cage presumably waiting for Jack to do or say something.”After being released from quarantine, ‘Jack’ took up residence in the plant centre at Windsor Great Park, according to the documents.Since learning of the story of the Queen’s bonsai, a park spokeswoman said staff are seeking to discover what happened to it. The Queen and Prince Philip visiting the Great Wall of China on their 1986 state visitCredit:Tim Graham/Getty 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.last_img read more

Hawthorne and Cusac Gold to merge

first_imgHawthorne Gold and Cusac Gold Mines have signed a Definitive Agreement on the Plan of Arrangement to merge the two companies. The resulting entity will hold a balanced portfolio of gold exploration, development and near-term production assets, all located in British Columbia, Canada. The companies will work diligently to close the Arrangement within 120 days of the Definitive Agreement or approximately April 15, 2008. As part of the transaction, Cusac assigned all its rights to the option to acquire 46 mineral claims near Cassiar, British Columbia from American Bonanza Gold Corp, dated June 7, 2007. The property covers the majority of the Taurus Deposit that hosts a NI 43-101 compliant Inferred resource estimate of 1.04 Moz of gold consisting of 32.4 Mt at a grade of 1 g/t (technical report dated May 15, 2007, by Wardrop Engineering is available at The balance of the Taurus deposit is held 100% by Cusac. Hawthorne also announces it has arranged, subject to regulatory approval, a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of $3 million. Proceeds of the financing will be used as interim funding to complete the first payment of the Bonanza option, costs to complete the merger of the two companies, and general working capital. Founded in 1966 by Guilford Brett, Cusac is a junior gold exploration and past-producing company focused primarily on the Cassiar gold property, a 175 km2 package of mineral claims located in north central British Columbia. Cassiar hosts a number of gold assets, including the Taurus deposit, the fully permitted Table Mountain gold mine, and the Taurus II early stage exploration area. Hawthorne is led by Richard Barclay and Michael Beley who co-founded Bema Gold and Eldorado Gold in the 1980s and 1990s and have worked together for nearly 40 years. Hawthorne’s VP of Operations, Michael Redfearn, has over 35 years of mining, metallurgical, environmental and construction experience in the industry. Redfearn was Vice President of Operations for bcMetals Corp, where he was responsible for the oversight of the feasibility study on the Red Chris project in northern British Columbia. He was Mine Manager at the Cantung mine in the Northwest Territories and held various senior positions with Cominco.last_img read more

Best Buys biggest 2011 Black Friday deals

first_imgYou already know that the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is the time for door-busting deals in the US. What you may not know is that the week before Black Friday is the time for retailers to “accidentally” leak many of those deals in order to generate some advance buzz. Who are we to go against tradition, and not tell you about some of the savings to be had next week?Here are some highlights from Best Buy’s leaked 2011 Black Friday savings:Seasons 1-3 of Mad Men on BluRay – $9 eachBefore you get too excited about this sharp discount on the first few seasons of the award-winning AMC series, you’ll want to know that each store will supposedly only be offering three copies for the discounted price. When you then consider that snagging the episodes of Don Draper and company may require you to camp out overnight, the deal loses a little bit of its luster.As sweet a deal as this is, you might also want to keep in mind that each of these seasons currently retails between $15-19 on Amazon, and they are also available for streaming on Netflix.Batman: Arkham City on PS3 or Xbox 360 – $30This is a great deal on the new Rocksteady title if you can get it — offering $30 off of the full retail price. The selection won’t be quite as limited as the Mad Men deal, with each store supposedly ringing up ten copies of Dark Knight’s critically acclaimed title for $30 a pop.Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception on PS3 – $30Here’s the second Game of the Year candidate that will be selling for $30 on Black Friday. Like Arkham City, there will only be ten copies per store getting the discount.Camping out probably won’t appeal to many people, but if you can snag both the Batman title and Uncharted 3 for a total of $60, that’s almost enough to justify it.Battlefield 3 on PS3 or Xbox 360 – $30Best Buy is pulling out all the stops with their Black Friday video game deals. Battlefield 3 is the third top title of 2011 that you can add to the $30 list.As with the previous games, there will only be ten up for grabs in each store, so you’ll need to storm the store at the break of dawn.160GB PS3 console with LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – $200If you’re looking to get a PS3 soon, this could be a great way to save a few bucks — and get LittleBigPlanet 2 and the latest Ratchet & Clank title to boot.Only the first 12 shoppers at each store will be able to save big on this console bundle.250GB Xbox 360 console with Fable III and Halo Reach -$200If you’re more of an Xbox person, then Best Buy has a similar console bundle for you. $200 gets you the 250GB console with Halo:Reach and Fable III.Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to buy Kinect separately if you want some hands-free motion control action.Like the PS3 bundle, only twelve of these will be racked up per store.Sharp (LC-42SV49U) 42-inch 1080p HDTV – $200This appears to be Best Buy’s biggest HDTV deal this year. The 42-inch 1080p LCD normally retails for $800, but the first ten to get to it will only pay $200.MacBook Pros and iMacs – $60 to $200 offThis one is a little vague, but apparently $60 to $200 will be your discount on a new MacBook Pro or iMac.What that will probably mean is $200 off of the top-of-the-line iMac, and $60 off of the entry-level 13 inch MBP — with every discount in between also corresponding to price.More coming…Be sure to check back as we will be exploring more retailer’s top discounts leading up to the big shopping day.via PCMag and Deal Newslast_img read more

De la photosynthèse dans une feuille artificielle pour créer de lénergie

first_imgDe la photosynthèse dans une feuille artificielle pour créer de l’énergieDes chercheurs américains ont déclaré être parvenus à créer une feuille artificielle capable de photosynthèse. Celle-ci serait en mesure de transformer la lumière du soleil directement en énergie afin de la stocker pour être utilisée par la suite.C’est dans la revue scientifique américaine Science que les chercheurs du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ont indiqué avoir mis au point une feuille artificielle capable d’utiliser le processus de la photosynthèse. Cette feuille, qui fonctionne comme une cellule solaire (silice), ne nécessite aucun branchement externe ni de circuit de contrôle pour la faire fonctionner, expliquent-ils. “On ne peut pas être plus portable que cela”.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon Daniel Nocera, principal auteur de l’étude, il suffit de placer cette feuille dans un récipient rempli d’eau et exposé à la lumière du soleil. La feuille produit alors des bulles d’oxygène sur une de ses faces et d’hydrogène sur l’autre. Mise dans un conteneur avec une paroi séparant ses deux faces, les bulles produites peuvent être récupérées et stockées pour être utilisées afin de produire de l’électricité.Ainsi, en plaçant les bulles d’oxygène et d’hydrogène dans une pile à combustible, elles se combinent de nouveau en eau tout en produisant de l’électricité dans ce processus, explique le professeur Nocera. Cette feuille est entièrement composée de matériaux abondants et bon marché comme la silice, le cobalt et le nickel et fonctionne dans de l’eau ordinaire, rapporte système encore à perfectionner”Je pense qu’il va y avoir un vrai potentiel pour cette idée”, estime le professeur Nocera.D’autant que ce système, en plus d’être sans fil, est très léger et ne requiert pas beaucoup d’équipement supplémentaire autre que celui destiné à capturer et à conserver les bulles d’oxygène et d’hydrogène, explique ce chercheur. Il s’agit seulement de jeter la feuille artificielle dans un verre d’eau et l’oxygène et l’hydrogène commencent à émerger, insiste-t-il.Le système n’est pas encore prêt à être commercialisé dans la mesure, où, justement, il faut encore développer des appareils capables de stocker l’oxygène et l’hydrogène ainsi générés. Toutefois, il s’agit là d’une avancée significative.Le 30 septembre 2011 à 14:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Good Samaritan rescues driver trapped in burning vehicle

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A good Samaritan came to a driver’s rescue after, authorities said, the motorist became trapped by flames during a multi-vehicle collision in Oakland Park, Monday morning.According to police, a tow truck was heading eastbound on West Oakland Park Boulevard when the driver attempted to make a U-turn near North Andrews Avenue. That’s when a small, white sedan slammed into the back of the truck. The sedan caught on fire shortly after, just before 8 a.m.David Feinburg, who saw the crash, rushed to help. “He was turning down the street to make a U-turn, and I guess when he was like this, she plowed into him, turned him and fish-tailed him the way you see him right now,” he said.Feinburg then jumped into action. “You think someone died,” he said. “I put out the fire of the car, and the car was on fire.”Seconds after the crash, Feinburg said, a motorcyclist traveling along the same road was unaware of the crash before him and lost control. “About two seconds later, a motorcycle was coming down, and he swerved to miss the debris, hit the curb, jumped, and the passenger went flying,” said Feinburg.The motorcyclist suffered head injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. The female driver of the white sedan was also hospitalized.The driver of the tow truck was not injured. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CFO Publishing Acquires Innovation Enterprise Group

first_imgIn all, IEG has 20 events and Glass says the group hopes to push that number to 30 in 2012. Glass says the publisher will contemplate relaunching CFO Europe and CFO Asia magazines now that the strategic location of IEG can be leveraged—IEG has existing events in both regions. The magazine titles and data surrounding those properties, he says, were included in the deal with The Economist Group.“We’ve always had thoughts of going back into those markets and this makes it a lot easier for us,” he adds. “The attendees for these events ranges from senior financial executives to a controller level to an accounts payable manager right up to a CFO of a company, making the category fairly broad. We’ve learned over the last few years that there is a pretty pressing need for educational information about how they can do their jobs better and what tools and resources they need at different levels within a financial organization. The kind of events IE Group and CFO does will be very targeted on specific subjects.”Some events and seminars will have focuses on budgets, financial planning, analysis and operations. Glass says the company is considering doing specific events for different market segments of the financial industry, like IT or healthcare.“I look at the events as a laboratory for product development—they make money in their own right but they also enable us to test new product ideas and concepts relatively easily with a captive audience,” he says. “Last year we reorganized our editorial group along beats—if you go to, there’s a beat for private companies, strategy, human capital and technology. There’s a beat editor responsible for each one of those and they play a large part in designing conferences that are specific to the areas they cover, in addition to writing for the magazine and online. What we’re really trying—and I think we’re getting there through this acquisition—is really creating a community environment that has quality content at its center and delivery will be in whatever form it takes. We’re delighted, it’s a great business.”More on this topic CFO Publishing and Related Assets Acquired by Argyle Off the Block: The Economist Group Sells CFO Redefining the Role of the CFO Say Media Names Dianne Dubois CFO Sources: CFO on the Block CFO Launches Paid Data ToolJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by CFO Publishing is making strategic moves to expand its portfolio—the company announced this week that is has acquired the Innovation Enterprise Group [IEG], a multichannel b-to-b media brand with focuses on finance, strategy and planning for senior executives. The deal enhances the company’s business in the event sector and affords CFO Publishing larger access to on-demand content and communities, marketing services, on-site custom production and custom research.“I had been looking at the event business of CFO Publishing and thought that is was under marketed and underdeveloped,” says Alan Glass, chairman and CEO of CFO Publishing. “We started looking and following business that were doing events in the financial services space and IEG is a company we came across. We sent someone to one of their meetings and we were really impressed.”IEG is based in London and was founded in 2009 by Josie King, who will now act as managing director and report directly to Glass (pictured). Seguin Partners bought CFO Publishing from The Economist Group in January 2010.“We’re not giving out any numbers but the acquisition actually doubles the size of our business from a revenue standpoint,” says Glass. “When compared to CFO, IEG does a lot more events. It’s a lot easier to expand into Asia, where we see a robust market for financial information, from London than it is from the USA, something I remember from my UBM days. Our strategy is to use this as a platform to expand in Europe and Asia.”last_img read more

NEOCON 2019 Neonatology conference concludes

first_imgVijayawada: The three-day international neonatology conference ‘NEOCON 2019’ concluded on a high note here on Sunday. The conference was organised by National Neonatology Forum, AP state in association with National Neonatology Forum, India. The theme of the conference was ‘Preterm birth – Revive, Survive and thrive’. The first of its kind three-day conference witnessed doctors from abroad and from various parts of India. More than 700 delegates, faculty from India and overseas participated in the conference. Faculty talked about innovations in neonatology, emergencies, future of neonatology, improving newborn came at community level, reducing newborn mortality rate in India. Also Read – Goldsmith steals gold by polishing jewelry in Bhimavaram Advertise With Us Dr PV Rama Rao, chief organising secretary of the conference said that the conference highlighted on various aspects of newborn health including innovations in newborn health and future of neonatology. He said that the main reasons for higher neonatal mortality are marriages at younger age, poor nutrition in mothers and lack of awareness leading to premature birth, low birth weight babies. Other important causes are neonatal infections, congenital anomalies and birth asphyxia, he said. Also Read – Permission mandatory for Ganesh pandals: SP Advertise With Us The conference proceedings were structured in a format to achieve two goals– to review the current trends in the management and treatment of the most common problem in neonates and to take evidence based look at the technologies or equipment used to treat or monitor the neonates. Dr N Suryanarayana, organising chairman, Dr R Venkateswara Rao, Dr P Durga Prasad, Dr K P Saradhi, Dr Ch Mallikarjuna Rao and others congratulated all the committee members who took part in their conference.last_img read more

Indrani conscious out of danger says hospital

first_imgMedia magnate Indrani Mukherjea, prime accused in the sensational murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora, on Sunday regained consciousness and is “out of danger”, hospital authorities said on Sunday, two days after she was rushed from jail in a serious condition.“She is out of danger. She is now conscious. She is drowsy. When you ask her, she responds by oral command. We have just given her water to drink and she has consumed it. Her condition is better,” Dr T P Lahane, Dean of state run J J Hospital told reporters here, adding, “within 48 hours we will discharge her.” Indrani, 43, was rushed to JJ hospital from Byculla jail on Friday afternoon in an unconscious condition after she allegedly overdosed on anti-depressant pills. “We will keep her under observation for the next 24-48 hours,” said Lahane.Wife of media baron Peter Mukerjea, Indrani was arrested by Khar Police on August 25 for her alleged role in the murder of Sheena, her daughter from an earlier marriage, in 2012.Indrani’s daughter Sheena, 24, was allegedly kidnapped from outside National College in Bandra and strangled to death in a car by Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai.last_img read more

A national day of sport

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HUD Secretary Proposes Budget for 2016

first_imgHUD Secretary Proposes Budget for 2016 Julian Castro, HUD SecretaryU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations today regarding the HUD budget for the 2016 fiscal year, emphasizing the new budget will be used to help more Americans secure a home. The proposed budget would increase $4 billion from last year to a total of $49.3 billion. HUD’s budget proposes more than $21 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which Secretary Castro said would extend support to more than 2.4 million low-income families.“This support is urgently needed. Last year Americans living in a number of cities, including Phoenix, St. Louis, San Francisco and Denver were confronted with rents that increased by double-digits from the year before.  And the crunch in housing affordability comes at a time when millions of our fellow citizens are working harder to make ends meet,” he testified. “As HUD outlined in our 2015 ‘Worst Case Housing Needs’ Report, there are currently 13.7 million very low-income households in the United States that receive no assistance to cover the cost of housing.  Even more alarming, 7.7 million of those households – those with the ‘worst case needs’ – live in severely inadequate housing, pay more than 50 percent of their income in rent, or both.”Secretary Castro said combatting homelessness is a crucial component to the budget. According to Secretary Castro, living in a safe, stable home is one of the biggest predictors of a child’s success in both school and overall health. He said that’s why the HUD budget is also “proposing funding that would effectively end chronic homelessness and make significant strides in our work to end homelessness among families and youth.””With Congress’ support through programs like HUD-VASH, we have seen dramatic reductions in homelessness among veterans.  If our nation invests in the targeted programs we know work, we can make similar progress in tackling other forms of homelessness,” he said.The proposed budget would give $2.5 billion to Homeless Assistance Grants, a $345 million increase over last year’s funding. Another $117.5 million would be used to target Housing Choice Vouchers in an effort to support families experiencing homelessness, veterans, and American Indians living in tribal communities.HUD will also be investing in programs that will help upward mobility for residents. The Jobs Plus initiative, a program designed to improve employment and earnings outcomes for public housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy, will receive $100 million in funding. An investment of $85 million would go to the Family Self-Sufficiency initiative which could connect 80,000 families to job and financial literacy training and important services like child care and transportation.“This year, as HUD commemorates 50 years of expanding opportunity for all Americans no matter where they live or how much they earn, we’re also creating a solid foundation for the next 50 years and beyond,” Secretary Castro said. “The President’s Budget helps us to do this, and I look forward to working with this Committee in continued partnership to build a future where every American can prosper.” budget HUD Jobs Plus Julián Castro 2015-03-11 Samantha Guzman March 11, 2015 567 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government Sharelast_img read more

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