Province Awards Two RoadPaving Contracts in HRM


first_imgThe province has awarded two road-paving contracts in Halifax Regional Municipality valued at $4,652,310. The first contract, for $4,341,600, is to repave Highway 107 from west of the Exit 19 overpass at Porters Lake for 8.4 kilometres to the Exit 21 overpass, including the ramps at Exit 19 and 20, and the connector road between Highway 107 and Trunk 7 at Exit 20. In addition, it includes repaving of East Jeddore Road from the intersection of Bakers Point Road for 3.8 kilometres to the end of pavement. The second contract, for $310,710, is to repave Conrads Road at Queensland Beach from the intersection of Trunk 3 for about 0.4 kilometres. Both contracts were awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. “Both of these contracts will be beneficial to local residents and visitors alike,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Highway 107 is the key to the scenic wonders of the Eastern Shore, while Queensland Beach is one of the busiest in Nova Scotia.” These projects are part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Advocates say Quebec Alzheimers slaying highlights need for caregiver support


first_imgMONTREAL — Advocates for caregivers are hopeful the case of a Montreal man who killed his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife in what was described as an act of desperation, will shed some light on the plight of those struggling to care for relatives suffering from the disease.Michel Cadotte was sentenced Tuesday to two years less a day in jail for the 2017 suffocation killing of his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, who was in a long-term care facility. A jury had found him guilty earlier this year of manslaughter. He had told the court he couldn’t handle watching her suffer.The culmination of the case will hopefully alert the public to the daily struggles faced by primary caregivers, particularly those who are taking care of relatives stricken with Alzheimer’s, said Sylvie Grenier of the Quebec Federation of Alzheimer’s Societies.Grenier, who testified for the defence at sentencing, said the Cadotte case highlights the fact that relatives caring for patients with the neurodegenerative disease need to be looked after as well.“What the federation wants the public to retain from this, is all the distress faced by those who get the disease — the victim and their family,” Grenier said Wednesday. “We must support the person with the disease as well as all of those around them.”In Quebec, an estimated 145,000 people are currently suffering from Alzheimer’s and it’s a number that’s expected to spike to 260,000 by 2025.“We’re not ready for this,” said Grenier, adding that various agencies and groups are working to organize social and support services, medical care and day centres to deal with what she described as a “tsunami” of cases that are coming.Cadotte’s sentence was merited and must be denounced, Grenier said. But, she added, the case reveals how family members caring for sick relatives often live in isolation.“For those who are lucky enough not to deal with it, the impact of this disease is not something they can appreciate,” Grenier said. “They can’t understand the impact it can have on the level of distress in people.”Melanie Perroux, co-ordinator of the Regroupement des Aidants Naturels Du Quebec — an organization that represents caregivers, said she hopes the Cadotte case gives people pause to consider how taxing caregiving can be.“I think it shows us how we forget how complicated it is to take on this role and to be a caregiver on a daily basis,” Perroux said. “I really hope that within families where there are caregivers, people will stop to ask the principal caregiver: ‘How can I help you today? Can I do something for you?.”Political reaction was muted in Quebec City Wednesday. Senior ministers assigned to health and to seniors did not want to comment on the matter.Justice Minister Sonia LeBel wouldn’t comment directly on the Cadotte ruling because of the possibility of appeals.“There’s probably a societal debate to be had,” LeBel told reporters. “We can talk about how this type of situation doesn’t arise again, because there’s a sad situation at its core, the judge highlighted that in her judgment.”Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

First Nations citizen groups call for auditor general to investigate nuclear waste


first_imgTodd Lamirande and Lucy ScholeyAPTN NewsFirst Nations communities and citizen groups are sounding the alarm on what they call the federal government’s “ill-advised” approach to handling nuclear waste.The Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and the chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne said a planned nuclear disposal waste facility in Chalk River poses future environmental and health risks.“The age of nuclear waste has no end in sight as it stretches into eternity, posing serious unresolved problems for countless generations of Canadians to come,” said Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, during a press conference on Tuesday.The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is the consortium of companies tasked with dismantling several nuclear facilities in Canada, including the Chalk River site.Once completed, the facility will bury one million cubic metres of nuclear waste underground near the Ottawa River, but critics have said the plan does not conform to international standards.The groups are also calling on the auditor general to hold an inquiry into the costs of nuclear reactor decommissioning and whether the federal government is sustainably handling nuclear waste.Further, critics said the CNL has not been adequately consulting with First Nations groups and the Canadian public on its Chalk River plan.“Several federal reactors are located on unceded aboriginal traditional territory,” said Akwesasne Chief April Adams-Phillips of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in a press release. “Now we hear that these defunct reactors may be turned into giant radioactive hulks, covered in cement as a monument to folly. We cannot stand by and let this happen.”The CNL argued its method is safe, designed to protect the Ottawa River and poses “the lowest risk” to the public, the environment and its workers. It will only accept “low-level” nuclear waste, including contaminated soil and discarded materials like mops and gloves. Further, CNL workers will continue monitoring the facility for the next 200 years.Interest groups have suggested Canada adopt Finland’s nuclear waste disposal facility, which is built to store the waste in deep geological reserves for 100,000 years.“We’ve looked at all the different types of waste disposal and for this type of material, the hazard of this type of material, it’s the most appropriate to deal with the situation,” said Kurt Kehler, CNL’s vice-president of decommissioning and waste management.As for public engagement, Kehler said CNL has distributed more than 50,000 newsletters, posted updates on social media, hosted open houses and invited Indigenous representatives to consult on the matter.“We’ve been getting the message out for going on two years now,” he said.CNL is still waiting for an environmental assessment, but is hoping to start construction on the $500-million facility by 2020. If all goes according to CNL’s plan, the Chalk River nuclear waste disposal facility will be fully operational by 2023.Edwards said Canada is lacking a meaningful long-term nuclear waste policy.“There is a near-perfect policy vacuum surrounding this question at the federal level,” he said. “Canada’s nuclear waste policy framework … is pathetic.”In an email, Natural Resources Canada stated that Canada has a policy framework for radioactive waste that includes a “clear assignment of the roles and responsibilities of both the federal government and waste owners.”The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday to review the progress on CNL’s nuclear waste plans, including the Chalk River facility and Whiteshell Laboratories on the Winnipeg River in Manitoba.Interest groups plan to protest outside the meeting.last_img read more

Longest cyclone in Bay of Bengal


first_imgCyclone Fani was the longest-lived cyclone in the Bay of Bengal ever observed. The elongated time period of the storm went on for 11 days in the sea and land put together. What made it even more surprising was the fact that it had formed in the pre-monsoon season, that too in April. We had started observing it as soon as it formed in the equatorial Indian Ocean as a low-pressure area. At first, we were tracking it with the help of imagery from Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) SCATSAT-1 satellite, which gave us its exact location once every day. It also informed us on the direction and intensity of winds close to the ocean surface. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThis information was fed into two of our ocean-atmospheric coupled simulation models which then forecast the prospective track and intensification of the cyclone. When our simulation confirmed that the storm is becoming severe, we alerted all the state authorities like disaster management officials and also the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. When the storm transformed into a cyclone we started directly alerting the district administration, which then started provisioning and storing essential supplies. Also Read – The future is here!Our doppler weather radar at Chennai was the first to image half of the cyclone which gave us more information about its various parameters and then once it came further the radar at Machilipatnam was able to see the entire cyclone for the first time. Our forecasts became better after this. Throughout the life cycle of the cyclone, five doppler radars at Chennai, Machilipatnam, Paradip, Gopalpur, and Kolkata kept a watch on the cyclone at one time or the other. This happened for the very first time and helped us with the frequently changing track of the cyclone. By April 30, 2019, we were clear about the fact that the cyclone will move towards Odisha and make landfall. This information was sent to the authorities on the ground through bulletins every three hours, emails and WhatsApp groups. Different sets of officials have different WhatsApp groups and the alerts are sent to all these groups. Just 24 hours before landfall the bulletins were issued every hour until the actual landfall.(The author is the Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department)last_img read more

Two mountaineers from Bengal on Kanchenjunga expedition feared dead


first_imgKolkata: Two mountaineers from the state on Kanchenjunga expedition — Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya — are believed to be dead as the rescue operation to bring them back to the base camp proved futile.The Sherpa team, which was on the rescue job of the two injured Indian climbers Biplab and Kuntal, has returned to Camp-4 of Kanchenjunga, as reported from the base camp. The herculean rescue operation, performed by Sherpa Nirmal Purja and his team on Wednesday, yielded no positive outcome. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaUnesh Zirpe, the leader of the expedition team Giripremi from Base Camp, said: “There is almost no hope that any further rescue operation is possible to bring Biplab and Kuntal back to Camp-4 at this stage.” The handling agency has also made it clear that there is almost no possibility that any further rescue effort can save these two lives. Ramesh Ray, another climber from the same team, was rescued by the Sherpas and brought to Camp-4 around 10 pm on Wednesday. His health is on the verge of critical deterioration and he was suffering from altitude sickness leading to HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) and snow blindness. Climber Rudraprasad Halder, who was at Camp-4 on Thursday morning, was also suffering from frostbite. Later in the day, both of them were evacuated by rescue helicopter and brought at the base camp. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”They are undergoing treatment at the base camp but arrangements are being made to hospitalise them as quick as possible considering their deteriorating health condition,” said Ujjal Roy, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Biplab, Kuntal, Ramesh, Rudraprasad and Sk Sahabuddin were part of a five-member team from Bengal, who had embarked on the Kanchenjunga expedition. Four of them — Rudraprasad Halder, Ramesh Ray, Sk Sahabuddin and Biplab Baidya — had reportedly reached the summit point on Wednesday morning. However, Biplab and Kuntal fell sick while descending and sought help from an altitude above 8000m. It was believed that Kuntal was suffering from HAPE. One team member (possibly Rudraprasad) sent an SOS to their family around 3:12 pm on Wednesday via GPS device asking for urgent help. The device read an elevation of 8271m. Nirmal Purja with two other Sherpas — Gesman Tamang and Mingma David Sherpa — responded promptly to the request assuring a rescue operation from an altitude of 8200m. The sherpas were on their way down from the summit of Kanchenjunga.last_img read more

New report offers 14country snapshot of wedding traditions


NEW YORK — In much of Europe and North America, September and October are peak months to get married. In Chile and elsewhere in Latin America, wedding guests are familiar with la hora loca, a wild late-night wedding party with masks, noisemakers and costumes.More than two-thirds of U.S. couples still seek a parent blessing before tying the knot, compared to less than 10% in Italy and Spain, while Colombian weddings have the lowest guest count at an average of 91, as opposed to 524 in India.Those are just a few of the insights in a report released Wednesday by the bridal site TheKnot.com and sister sites WeddingWire.com and the Spanish-language Bodas.net. The report is based on a survey of about 20,000 newlyweds in 14 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.“One of the similarities that we saw across many countries was the strong desire to put a personal stamp on a wedding,” said Lauren Goodson, senior director of insights for parent company The Knot Worldwide. “We see that springing up from engagement all the way through to the ceremony, the reception and the honeymoon.”While personalization is a strong trend, some longstanding traditions are common across the countries, she told The Associated Press ahead of the report’s release. An average of 78 per cent of those surveyed took a honeymoon, for instance, though in parts of Latin America, couples tend to stay closer to home, Goodson said.Wedding traditions vary widely by region in some parts of the world, including India, where a range of cultures have their own flavours, and auspicious and good luck dates are chosen for ceremonies. For Hindu weddings, for example, such dates are distributed in an annual calendar.But other aspects of weddings offer more commonality, such as fall being a popular time to get married in the U.S., Spain, Portugal and elsewhere in Europe and North America due to mild weather. In Europe, extended summer vacations are common, making wedding planning difficult. December is the top month for engagements in all countries except India.Timelines for planning weddings varied among respondents. Colombian couples had the shortest wedding planning period at seven months, followed by India and Chile at eight months. Goodson said countries where couples are less likely to live together before marriage tend to have shorter planning timelines. Respondents in the U.K. had the longest at 15 months.As for bride attire, those in the Americas and Europe continue to embrace white dresses, with many personalizing their looks through non-traditional silhouettes and accessories. In the U.K., Meghan Markle wasn’t the only one to rock a tiara at her wedding: 22% of British brides wore one, Goodson said.The traditional parent blessing before engagement isn’t necessarily widespread outside of the U.S., she said. It’s less common in Europe, where couples will make the decision to marry, then share the news with parents.More than two-thirds of U.S. couples, or 67%, ask for a parent blessing, compared to 14% in France, 8% Italy and 9% Spain.“Seeking parents’ permission ahead of time is one of the areas where we saw some of the biggest differences,” Goodson said.In terms of wedding price tags, in Mexico it’s traditional to name a “padrinos” who serves as a type of sponsor for the engaged couple — often relatives, godparents or others with a special relationship to the couple, according to the report. It’s considered an honour to serve in the role but there are big responsibilities, such as contributing to the cost of the wedding or participating in the ceremony.In Latin America overall, Goodson said, couples tend to cover a hefty portion of expenses. In Spain, parent contributions are much more substantial. In Peru, Chile and Colombia, couples pay about 55% of wedding costs, and a significant percentage take out loans or amass credit card debt to make it happen.Countries where couples see more financial support from parents or other family members also include Italy, where they cover two-thirds of expenses, the report said.The number of invited guests varies, with smaller receptions, including those driven by economic constraints. Some are influenced by other factors.“It’s actually a pretty big honour to be invited to a Colombian wedding,” Goodson said. “It really says something to your connection to that couple.”While receptions are as personalized as ever, great music keeps the party going until the wee hours in such countries as Chile and Peru, where a Latin American tradition of la hora loca, or “crazy hour,” is popular.At one recent wedding in Santiago, Chile, a couple reported hiring gigantic LED robots to blast confetti in the air while guests danced under neon lights, according to the report. Some of those surveyed said they take on la hora loca themes, like the pair who decided on costumed characters from Super Mario Bros to entertain guests and hand out hats, beads and other wacky party favours.Now that’s a wedding.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press read more

GALLERY Brock closes Spring Convocation with celebration of 100000th graduate


It was a moment she had no idea was coming, but one that she’ll never forget.Rebecca Alcock, a 21-year-old from Ancaster, became Brock University’s 100,000th graduate Friday, June 8 when she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University’s Faculty of Humanities.Chancellor Shirley Cheechoo and President Gervan Fearon pose for photos with Rebecca Alcock, Brock’s 100,000th graduate.Breaking from the traditional prim and proper occasion of Spring Convocation, music rang out and red confetti rained down as Alcock was hooded by Brock University President Gervan Fearon.“I was very shocked and nervous, but it was exciting,” she said. “I’m honoured and proud.”The English Language and Literature major, who plans to enrol in teacher’s college at Nipissing University this fall, called it one of many highlights of her four-year experience at Brock.“I think the most memorable thing is the friends I met in first year and who I’ve kept throughout my experience here,” she said.Early on in the planning, Fearon encouraged Brock staff to make the occasion a special one for the 100,000th graduate, while recognizing the importance of the students and staff who laid the groundwork for this moment.“The idea of being the President of Brock for this moment is an amazing honour, but the tremendous milestone for the University reflects the actions and efforts of everyone up to this point — faculty, staff, alumni, donors, partners and presidents,” said Fearon.“It places Brock in an elite group of universities and says that as an institution, we have a wide range of individuals across Canada and around the globe who can point to Brock as being where they got their post-secondary education.”Brock Registrar Geraldine Jones, whose office has been tracking graduate numbers over the years, said everyone was thrilled to be involved with the celebration.“This is the stuff we love,” she said. “Convocation is purposefully a serious occasion, but it’s always great when we can inject a little frivolity into the medieval traditions we recognize.“It’s an important marker of where we’ve come and where we’re headed,” she said.The ceremony came more than 50 years after the awarding of Brock’s first-ever graduate on May 26, 1967. On a sunny spring day, John Auld received his Bachelor of Arts during the first Convocation held on the podium beside the Schmon Tower.Auld wasn’t able to join Friday’s milestone celebration, but sent his well-wishes.“There were 39 of us — and I was the first to the podium,” Auld said recalling his big day. “We were both excited and relieved, and we all wondered what this ‘Brock Thing’ would mean in our futures.“Although I subsequently attended several universities, and taught at one for 30 years, none compared to the gift and good fortune I received from Brock,” said Auld, who went on to become a professor at the University of Guelph.The final Spring Convocation ceremony was also marked with multiple teaching and student awards for the two Faculties represented at the ceremony, Humanities, as well as Math and Science.Allison Glazebrook, from the Department of Classics, won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching for Humanities while Jeffrey Atkinson, from the Department of Chemistry, won the same award for the Faculty of Math and Science.The Board of Trustees handed out Spirit of Brock Medals to one undergraduate and one graduate student from each of the two faculties. Elizabeth Angotti (French Studies) and Terrance McDonald (Interdisciplinary Humanities) won for Humanities while Michael Tolentino (Biomedical Sciences) and Mikel Ghelfi (Chemistry) won for Math and Science.Deans medals for the highest overall average were awarded to Rachel Agombar (Dramatic Arts) and Andrea Caruso (French Studies) in Humanities and Grant Mckinnon (Biological Sciences), Shabana Jamani (BSc) and Bill Truong (Physics) for Math and Science.Also awarded Friday was the Governor General’s Gold Medal, given to the student graduating in either Fall or Spring Convocation ceremonies with the highest academic standing in a master’s degree. Winning the award was Michelle Przedborksi, who earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics with a 97.25 per cent average.Watch the 100,000th graduate celebration below: read more

Livein caregiver charged with theft in Burlington


A 55-year-old caregiver from Saint Lucia has been charged after money and personal items were stolen from a Burlington home. Charmain Peter was arrested and charged with theft, possession of property obtained by crime and uttering threats.Peter worked as a live-in care provider for one the elderly residents of the home. Police say some of the stolen property was recovered following her arrest. Police are reminding residents to ensure you conduct a screening process for hiring live-in care providers and care providers who may be entering your home. “If you hire them privately; ensure they are entitled to work in Canada with a Social Insurance number, conduct reference checks, and ask questions about their qualifications for the services they are going to be providing,” says Halton police. “Another method to ensure your safety and that you receive the professional care you are contracting for is to hire a registered and licensed Personal Support Worker.” read more

Volunteers needed for Alternative Reading Week


Their trips may have taken place 3,000 miles apart, but Jesse Clews and Jennifer Krause both came home with a similar outlook on life.The Brock students participated in the University’s Alternative Reading Week (ARW) program in February 2017, heading to Peru and South Carolina respectively. They both plan to return to their respective volunteer posts this winter, but not without bringing along a few new recruits.The pair will be on hand to share their experiences at some of the upcoming information sessions aimed at getting new ARW volunteers on board.Despite the vast distance and differing cultures of each location, both Clews and Krause experienced the effectiveness of the program and its overwhelming impact on participants.Jesse Clews worked closely with Peruvian children during Brock’s February 2017 Alternative Reading Week program in Peru, where he was part of a medical outreach team.In South Carolina, Krause, now a fourth-year history student, worked alongside fellow Brock students and local community members to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a family in need. “I learned a lot about myself,” Krause said of the experience. “I am really shy and I was nervous about meeting new people in a different environment. While I was there, I learned a lot of new personal skills and interacted with others on a different level.”Meanwhile, in Peru, Clews, now a fourth-year health sciences student, was participating in a medical outreach program that allowed him to not only gain important hands-on experience, but to also learn valuable life lessons.“The trip gave me the medical job-shadowing opportunities that I needed,” he said. “And on a humanitarian level, I learned that we all need to be a bit more appreciative of what we have.”Kristen Smith, Manager of Community Outreach Programs, with Brock’s Student Life and Community Experience Department emphasized that, in addition to personal growth, students on Alternative Reading Week trips are also often practically affirmed in their career choices.“They feel the sense of ‘I am in the right field,’” she said. “Or they realize there is a less traditional path for them to take to begin their career.”That sentiment rang true for both Clews and Krause.Krause, an aspiring teacher, said the trip has inspired her to direct her career towards helping the less fortunate.Clews discovered that Peruvian physicians employ a more holistic approach to patient care, and he hopes to use this method within his own medical career.Beyond the hands-on humanitarian experience, Krause and Clews each felt the best part of their respective trips involved spending time with local residents while soaking up some life lessons they could not have learned at home.“They taught me to be more patient and not to sweat the small stuff,” Clews said.“And to treat everyone with equity, dignity and respect,” echoed Krause.“The impact that individuals can have in our global society, recognizing similarities and differences, is life changing,” said Smith. “And we are excited for more students to have those experiences in this year’s programs.”Clews hoped to encourage students to take the leap and join one of the worthwhile trips.“You are volunteering seven days of your reading week to have experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life,” he said.Students interested in learning more about Brock’s Alternative Reading Week program are invited to attend the following information sessions:Tuesday, Oct. 3 at noon in Welch Hall 311Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. in Plaza 311Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Plaza 411Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in Thistle 149Information on the Alternative Reading Week programs can also be found on ExperienceBU. read more

Duncan scores 28 points in Vermonts 7064 win over Towson


TOWSON, Md. — Ernie Duncan scored 28 points and Isaiah Moll 20 to lead Vermont to a 70-64 victory over Towson on Friday night.Duncan was 6 of 9 from the arc and made all eight of his free throws while Moll had three 3-pointers and a game-high seven rebounds. Anthony Lamb added 12 points for the Catamounts (5-3).Brian Fobbs scored 25 points and Tobias Howard had 12 for the Tigers (3-4), who had a streak of seven straight victories over America East opponents snapped.Vermont led 27-25 at halftime. After a free throw cut the lead to one to open the second half, the Catamounts went on a 23-6 run that included four 3-pointers for an 18-point lead with 12 minutes remaining. Towson didn’t get as close as six after that until the final minute when Vermont made seven free throws to seal the win.The Associated Press read more

Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barretts passes through Big Ten for final


Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass on the run during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJ.T. Barrett’s final run through the Big Ten wasn’t supposed to go like this. The redshirt senior Ohio State quarterback holds multiple conference and school records and is three touchdowns shy of matching former Purdue signal-caller Drew Brees’ Big Ten record for most total touchdowns. In his final season as a Buckeye, Barrett and a veteran-laden team, which began the season as the second-ranked team in the Associated Press preseason poll, were expected to be one of the nation’s top teams. But it won’t be easy for the first three-time team captain in program history.The quarterback’s team already has lost 31-16 to Oklahoma in the second week of the season. Penn State’s powerful offense stands in Ohio State’s way. Michigan’s stout defense has stymied Florida and Cincinnati in the first two weeks of the season. The Buckeyes must head to Iowa and Nebraska to take on tough opponents in hostile environments.Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to catch a snap during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut perhaps most importantly, Barrett must not allow the critics who think redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins or redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow should replace him to enter his frame of mind.Luckily for Barrett, this scrutiny isn’t new. “Back in 2014, lost to Virginia Tech and I was 9-of-28 [passing]. So, I’ve been here before,” Barrett said after Saturday’s loss. “I didn’t play that bad, but I definitely didn’t play as far as putting us in the best situation to win. With that being said, I’m going to go to work and get better and I think just try to rally guys and make sure that when it comes next week that we’re at our best.”The difference between the 2014 home-opener loss to the Hokies and the recent loss to the Sooners is that Barrett no longer has youth as a reason for his struggles. When Barrett was thrust into the starting role as a redshirt freshman after quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder which required season-ending surgery, expectations were low. Early career struggles were easy to explain, and chalked up to inexperience. But now, in 2017, Barrett has no such excuse. He holds 22 Ohio State records including most touchdowns in both a season and career, single-season passing efficiency, and total yards in a season.If someone with Barrett’s experience struggles, like he did against Oklahoma when he completed 19-of-35 passes for 183 yards, including an interception, he earns criticism. Barrett isn’t the only player who deserves criticism.  The six-player group of starting H-backs and wideouts — Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon, Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin— has done little to help its quarterback. But as Barrett and coach Urban Meyer say, this comes with the position. “When you’re winning, I get too much credit. [That is] when I try to give that credit to the guys around me because that’s who I need — 10 other guys to play well. When we lose, I mean, I’m the one to blame too,” Barrett said. “It’s the life of a quarterback.”Regardless of how much blame Barrett deserves, he must overcome any inner doubt. Just two games — one against Army Saturday afternoon and another on Sept. 23 versus UNLV — stand between Ohio State and the remainder of its conference schedule. In Barrett’s time as a starter, Ohio State has lost just two games in the Big Ten. Michigan State defeated the Buckeyes 17-14 in 2015 to hand Barrett his first loss in more than a year. Last season, Penn State upset Ohio State, 24-21. In 2014, Barrett didn’t lose a game to a Big Ten opponent the entire season and was primarily responsible for Ohio State claiming the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterbacks J.T. Barrett heads to Ohio Stadium prior to the 2017 season opener on Sept. 9. The No.2 Buckeyes lost to No. 5 Oklahoma 31-16. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorNegative comments and judgements won’t matter if Ohio State wins, even if it isn’t always pretty. Meyer still believes in Barrett despite the offense’s inability to find an optimal flow and pace. “Any decisions about any personnel is strictly who gives us the best opportunity to win, whether it be right guard, quarterback. And it’s always been the case,” Meyer said Monday. “Right now it’s not even a question.”Neither Army, UNLV nor Rutgers — Ohio State’s next three opponents — has especially potent defenses. But Barrett must retake control of an offense that has looked like anything but the potent offense Meyer’s teams normally possess. Barrett played unexpectedly in 2014 because he was one of the few healthy options at quarterback. That isn’t the case in Barrett’s final run. Haskins and Burrow present themselves as intriguing options who have been in the program for years.The mystery and unknown invoke imagination. “Just how good is Haskins’ deep ball?” some wonder. “Maybe a quarterback change is just what a sputtering Ohio State offense needs,” critics say. If Barrett has his way, no one will ever know. read more

Coatings specialist Oxifree secures funnding to help further expansion in mining


first_imgCorrosion prevention specialist Oxifree Global has secured funding from UK venture capital firm Octopus Investments, enabling it to invest in expanding its patented coatings offering within the mining sector, whilst also providing the Frimley-headquartered business with the ability to roll out additional resources to support its global distribution and end user base. The business will also supplement existing well established operations in Houston, Texas with additional facilities in Europe and the Far East. Oxifree is a global provider of solutions to complex corrosion and contamination situations in many sectors. Oxifree metal protection products have been used to protect various conveyor and shaker equipment across the world for companies such as Vale, Samarco, BHP Billiton, AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo American and Sylvania Mining.Oxifree says its coating products have been proven to extend the life of conveyor pulley and bearing systems by as much as 900%. Oxifree currently has a presence in over 30 countries across seven continents. Ed Hall, one of the Founders and MD of Oxifree, comments: “We are delighted to announce this significant investment by Octopus which will enable us to expand our services within the mining sector. Since we began trading in 2009, Oxifree has grown significantly and we intend to use this investment and support from Octopus to help accelerate us on the path to become a leading player in the corrosion prevention industry. We are also excited by the opportunity this investment gives us to provide additional support to our excellent Global distributor and end user base.”Oxifree’s principal business activity is providing patent protected polymeric resin coatings and installation equipment for clients where existing solutions are not sustainable long term or financially viable. “Some of the key characteristics that together make Oxifree so special include it being wholly organic and environmentally friendly, quick to apply, highly durable, easy to remove, reusable, requires minimal surface preparation, is long lasting and contains active corrosion inhibitors within its formula.”Jane Vinson, a member of the Ventures team at Octopus Investments, comments: “At Octopus our goal is to find strong, talented management teams, with an innovative product, operating in a large market – and this is the case with Oxifree. What’s more, in this business we see a strong potential to expand into complementary markets, making this precisely the type of business we look to back. The worldwide sales already being achieved by Ed, Nigel Thomson the Group Sales Director and their team are promising, and we look forward to working with the business closely in the coming years.”last_img read more

MOBELRINGEN CUP 2013 Norway – Netherlands 2826 Fantastic Sulland


← Previous Story “Serbian Trophy 2013”: Serbia beat Angola Next Story → 200th victory in EHF CL: Barca beat Vardar! Norwayserbia 2013the netherlands handball Defending world’s champion Norway had difficult task at the beginning of home Mobelringen Cup 2013 against the new force of women’s handball The Netherlands 28:26. The key player was Linn Jorum Sulland with 10 goals, followed by Nina Mork who scored 6. In defeated team Lois Abbingh scored 5.Russia and Korea played 36:36.

US abortion rate at lowest since 1973


first_imgTHE ABORTION RATE in the United States dipped to its lowest since 1973, coinciding with a steep decline in overall pregnancy and birth rates, a study from a nonprofit sexual health organisation shows.The rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2011, the latest year studied, which was well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000 and the lowest since 1973 when the rate was 16.3 per 1,000, the study from Guttmacher Institute outlined.“With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions.“We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period,” says Rachel Jones, lead author of the study.The decline in abortions coincided with a drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates, and contraceptive use and methods improved during the period, Jones said. The recent recession also led many women and couples avoiding or delaying pregnancy and childbearing.The study also found that the total number of abortion providers declined by only 4 percent between 2008 and 2011, and the number of clinics, which provide the large majority of abortion services, declined by just 1 percent.While the overall abortion rate declined, the proportion of abortions that were early medication procedures continued to increase, according to the study.An estimated 239,400 early medication abortions were performed in 2011, representing 23 per cent of all non-hospital abortions, an increase from 17 per cent in 2008. The study estimated that 59 percent of all known abortion providers offer this service.Copyright 2014 Thomson Reuters/ Click for Restrictions.Read: 9/11 conspiracy theorist arrested after interrupting Super Bowl conferenceElsewhere: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York apartmentlast_img read more

One in three families plan to give up private healthcare


first_imgThe current system is unfair in that the majority of people on more basic plans are cross-subsidising those on the premium top-tier plans with all the frills. This is unjust and is fuelling a record market decline. Applying risk equalisation to a core, standard set of benefits would help stabilise the market and address the issue of fairness.The majority (76 per cent) of health professionals do not think that Ireland’s health system was designed to protect the people that need it most. In line with this, 100 per cent of health professionals said that Ireland’s health system is in need of urgent reform.Read: Numbers with private health insurance fall by 64,000 in 2012 > ONE THIRD OF young families plan to drop private health insurance this year, according to new research commissioned by Laya Healthcare.The study also showed that one in six claim they can no longer afford it, while almost half say they are unhappy about the upcoming increase in the government levy charge which will downgrade their health cover to more basic benefits from 31 March.Almost 64,000 people dropped their cover in 2012, indicating that increasing prices are having serious affects.Almost one in nine people are worried about falling ill and having to rely on the public health system, while 74 per cent plan to fast track medical procedures while they have private health insurance in place. For those planning on cancelling or downgrading their cover, 86 per cent said they will delay going to their GP to keep costs down.Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of Laya Healthcare, who will give the keynote address at the National Healthcare Conference tomorrow said ways need to be found to incentivise people to take up private health cover because the current system is unfair:last_img read more

COB soon to officially be University of The Bahamas


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, November 9, 2016 – A Presidential Panel is convened at the soon to officially be ‘University of The Bahamas’ TONIGHT.  Speaking was Chancellor of University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne, and he says that 20 % of the Bahamian population is educated at the tertiary level according to his findings; Sir George explained to a robust audience that establishing a university could and should mean more people educated at a higher level.  This means better paying jobs but more significantly more qualified people for a more sound society.Sir George says there must not be an underestimated importance of the Humanities and said this feature deals with identity and an inculcation of culture.  Graduates of the University he says, will be a part of the valuable Caribbean pool of talent. Sir Alleyne threw the support and well wishes behind UB.  The event, staged at the Performing Arts Center, falls on the eve of Charter Day and the Presidential Inauguration which is set for the National Stadium.#magneticmedianews #UB4me #UBproudlast_img read more

Cygnus Employees Respond to Bonuses


first_imgThis week, FOLIO: reported that Cygnus co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien plan to restore of some salaries that were slashed by 7.5 percent by means of a “bonus” to be paid mid-January. The bonus, they say, represents about 70 percent of the initial reduction absorbed by many employees in October. However, only salaried employees who do not receive commission, incentive payments or other bonuses will be eligible for this “restoration.”Based on the comments we’ve received since posting the story, there seems to be a discrepancy between the Cygnus executive team and the effected employees about how many people will in fact benefit from this initiative. When asked exactly how many employees will benefit from the “bonus restoration,” Cygnus spokesperson Kathy Scott couldn’t provide an exact number, but claimed it to be a “huge percentage.”It appears some Cygnus employees disagree. See their comments here.last_img read more

Judge dismisses challenges to oil lease sales in the National Petroleum ReserveAlaska


first_imgTwo oil lease sales held in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska were at stake in the case, one held under the Obama administration in 2016 and the other held under the Trump administration . (Photo by Bob Wick, courtesy BLM)A federal judge in Anchorage has dismissed two lawsuits brought by environmental groups against the Trump administration challenging oil lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or NPR-A.Environmental groups had argued the federal Bureau of Land Management did not do an adequate environmental review before it held oil lease sales in 2016 and 2017.In one of the lawsuits, the groups also argued the federal government failed to fully consider how oil produced in the 23-million acre Reserve could worsen climate change.The federal government argued it did complete an extensive environmental review for oil leasing in the Reserve under the Obama administration, as part of a management plan for NPR-A finalized in 2013. The Trump administration is currently considering an overhaul of that management plan.District Court judge Sharon Gleason ruled that in one case, the groups missed the time window to challenge the Obama-era management plan for NPR-A, which was finalized in 2013. In the other, Gleason wrote in her decision that the groups were wrong to ask for an entirely new environmental review for the 2017 oil lease sale.ConocoPhillips, the oil company that holds the most leases in NPR-A, intervened in the case.Attorneys for the environmental groups said they may appeal the ruling.last_img read more

Schoolgirl raped


first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA schoolgirl has allegedly been raped by her former ‘boyfriend’ at Jalirpar union in Muksudpur upazila in Gopalganj, reports UNB.The victim alleged that she recently broke up an affair with Sohag Mallik, a student of Kaligram Banga Ratna College.Out of vengeance, he picked her up on Tuesday night when she went outside to fetch water from a tube-well.Sohag took the girl to a bush and forced her to drink liquor. Later, he violated the girl and fled, leaving her unconscious.On Wednesday morning, the victim regained her senses and narrated the brutality to her family members. Later, she was taken to Sadar hospital.Physician Shamima Islam at the hospital said they carried out the medical test on the victim and it will be known after getting the report whether she was raped.However, no case was filed in this regard.last_img read more

China Deletes Nearly 10000 Social Media Accounts in Latest Crackdown


first_imgDeleted accounts included those of “a popular talk show celebrity, an entertainment blogger who shared film footage, online influencers commenting on social issues, and bloggers writing extensively on ethnicity,” according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.“Some spread politically harmful information, maliciously distorted party or state history, slandered heroes, or discredited the country’s image. Some created rumors, spread fake information, generated clickbait…disrupting the normal social order,” the CAC statement said. It added that other deleted accounts had participated in “malicious marketing,” extortion, or copyright infringement, while others had spread vulgar content, “challenging the moral bottom line and harming the healthy growth of the majority of young people.”China has severely ramped up media policing since President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, and is increasingly concerned that airwaves and chatrooms should only be filled with government-friendly, “positive” content. Western social media sites including Google, Facebook, and Twitter are inaccessible in mainland China. Only content that passes strict censorship reviews is supposed to be aired or screened.The crackdowns have sometimes been unintentionally absurd or hilarious. In 2016, authorities banned live-streamers from eating bananas in an “erotic” fashion while on camera. Last summer, they famously banned Western teen idol Justin Bieber from performing on the mainland. Authorities cited unspecified bad behavior on and off stage that they said made him an unsavory person who would prevent China from “purifying” and “maintaining order” in its performing arts scene. And in January, authorities asked TV shows to keep off air performers displaying tattoos or anything related to hip-hop music or subcultures.The CAC called meetings to issue “serious warnings” to managers of Sina Weibo and Tencent’s WeChat, it said. The companies had been chastised for “irresponsible and neglectful management” of the social media space, which had “allowed wild growth and caused all kinds of chaos.” Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 China’s Internet watchdog has scrubbed the country’s already highly censored web of nearly 10,000 social media accounts in the past three weeks. It is the ruling Communist Party’s latest move to clamp down on freedom of expression. The cleanup began Oct. 20, the Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement posted late Monday to its official website. The removals follows a similar purge in June that took down scores of entertainment news media accounts, among others. More than 9,800 accounts were removed from Chinese social media platforms such WeChat and Weibo, the country’s Twitter equivalent, as well as from its Google-like search engine Baidu. The sweep also included leading private-sector news aggregators Toutiao and Sohu.  Sina Weibo in turn said on its official account that it had “seriously accepted” the need to rectify its management procedures, and would “implement corrective actions” that focused on curbing pornographic and “politically harmful” content. It issued an 11-point list describing what now constitutes such content, including posts that “endanger national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” “spread rumors, disrupt social order, and undermine social stability,” or “distort, vilify or defame…heroic martyrs.” In a series of posts earlier this week, Weibo also publicly named a number of popular accounts that had since been deleted, including some with nearly 5 million followers. It explained that others had been temporarily suspended for content such as a “beautiful male butt contest.”Disgruntled users and fans took to Weibo to express their dismay over missing accounts, though it appeared that many negative messages were themselves soon censored. “Wow, they can really just totally wipe out a person in the blink of an eye. This round of purification is just too horrible,” one wrote Wednesday. “Even ‘big V’ online influencers are just sacrificial lambs – as the authorities sharpen their knives, everyone is in danger.” Another asked: “This person was only talking about economics — that’s not okay either?”Bemoaning the loss of a popular account, one user wrote: “If even this account is closed, should we expect to be watching only ‘model operas’ in the coming years?” That is a reference to the eight politically approved stories that were the only ones permitted on screen or stage during the tumultuous years of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.last_img read more