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Formation pour cerner les problèmes de santé mentale à lécole

first_imgLes élèves s’adressent souvent aux enseignants, aux conseillers en orientation, aux psychologues scolaires ou à des travailleurs sociaux pour obtenir de l’aide avec des problèmes d’ordre social ou émotionnel à l’école. La formation du personnel des écoles visant à cerner les problèmes de santé mentale aidera à orienter les élèves vers le soutien nécessaire. « Les jeunes qui sont aux prises avec une maladie mentale sont plus susceptibles d’être les victimes, plutôt que les auteurs d’actes de violence, a dit le Dr Stan Kutcher, titulaire de la Chaire Financière Sun Life sur la santé mentale des adolescents de l’Université Dalhousie et du IWK Health Centre, et directeur du Centre collaborateur de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé à l’Université Dalhousie. « Le dépistage précoce ainsi que le soutien social et éducatif peuvent améliorer considérablement les résultats. C’est pourquoi il est important pour le personnel des écoles auquel les élèves s’adressent naturellement pour obtenir de l’aide de pouvoir reconnaître les signes d’un problème de santé mentale. » Dans le cadre de son plan d’action « Élevons la voix! » pour la lutte contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation, le gouvernement collabore avec le Dr Kutcher afin d’offrir son programme de formation intitulé « Go-To » aux éducateurs pour leur apprendre à reconnaître les problèmes de santé mentale. Les éducateurs qui ont suivi la formation seront en mesure de déterminer quels sont les élèves les plus susceptibles de souffrir d’un trouble mental, de diriger les élèves vers les services de soutien approprié et d’offrir de l’aide de façon continue. Bien qu’ils ne seront pas en mesure d’offrir un diagnostic, les éducateurs qui ont suivi la formation serviront de lien entre les élèves et les fournisseurs de soins de santé et de santé mentale, et de personne-ressource pour les parents. Environ 65 conseillers en orientation, psychologues scolaires, cliniciens en santé mentale, membres du personnel ÉcolesPlus et travailleurs sociaux suivront la formation. À l’aide d’un modèle de formation du formateur, les participants pourront ensuite former les autres membres du personnel des écoles de la province. L’objectif est d’avoir environ cinq formateurs dans chaque conseil scolaire et deux éducateurs ayant suivi la formation dans chaque école. « Les élèves se tournent vers nous pour parler de leurs problèmes, et notre capacité de cerner la cause du problème rapidement, que ce soit un problème de santé mentale ou peut-être de l’intimidation, nous permettra de faire en sorte qu’ils reçoivent l’aide dont ils ont besoin, a dit Delores Boudreau, conseillère en orientation au Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. J’ai hâte de pouvoir présenter cette formation aux autres membres de mon conseil scolaire. Nous pourrons ainsi augmenter notre capacité d’aider les élèves de nos écoles qui sont aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale. » Le plan « Élevons la voix! » présente plus de 40 mesures à prendre à l’appui d’une intervention communautaire qui exige la participation des familles, des écoles, des enseignants, des communautés, de la police, des fournisseurs de soins de santé et de plusieurs ministères gouvernementaux. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le plan d’action « Élevons la voix! », consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

Harsh Vardhan Rao Inderjit V K Singh Krishan Pal take oath as

first_imgNew Delhi: Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan was on Thursday sworn in as a Cabinet Minister for the second time in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government at Rashtrapati Bhawan, alongside the 56 other ministers who will begin their terms under the Modi 2.0 government. In addition to Vardhan, MPs from around the Capital city who will get a seat at the table include Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurugram), V K Singh (Ghaziabad), and Krishan Pal Gurjar (Faridabad). Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarWith Vardhan retaining his place in Modi’s Union Cabinet, Inderjit Singh will be a Minister of State with Independent Charge, while V K Singh and Gurjar will both be Ministers of State. However, Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma was dropped out of the council of ministers this year. In the previous NDA government, Vardhan held the portfolio of the Ministry of Science and Technology along with two other ministries – Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. Inderjit was Minister of State with Independent Charge for Statistics and Programme Implementation along with two other independent charges such as MoS for Planning and Chemical and Fertilizers. V K Singh was MoS for External Affairs, whereas Krishan Pal Gurjar was MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceVardhan had brought a massive victory for the BJP by defeating veteran Congress leader JP Agarwal by a margin of more than three lakh votes in the Lok Sabha polls this year, despite reports that the grand old party might put up a tough fight in 2019. The Chandni Chowk MP began his work in legislation when he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in 1993 from Krishna Nagar assembly segment. He sunsequently helmed the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health in the Government of Delhi after the 1993 polls. He launched the Polio Eradication Plan in October 1994, as Health Minister and under his leadership the Delhi Prohibition of Smoking Act and the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act were passed in 1997. This eventually led to central legislation that banned smoking in public places in 2002.last_img read more

For your Monsoon Munchies

first_imgRecords state that June was the driest month of the decade in 2019 for Delhi! Delhiites continued to experience multiple episodes of heat waves and high temperature, compelling the Delhi Government to also extend the summer vacations for younger school-going kids by a week. Finally though, the monsoon has arrived and there is some respite from the sweltering heat. There is something so magical about the skies turning grey, before coming down upon you as soft drizzle or a downpour – it evokes a myriad of emotions. For the eternal romantic, the pitter-patter of rain drops rings the soothing melody of rimjhim gire saavan and the romance of huddling under an umbrella is quintessential. On the other hand, the daily commuters dread the rain for its traffic congestion and waterlogging. But, whatever the case, gastronomically, rains are a reason for celebration. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeIf we go by rule books of the food and fitness industry, we would all be eating the same food along the length and breadth of India, all season round, including monsoons. And yes, you’ve guessed it right, it would be masala oats and green tea!Thank God for our rich food heritage and culinary wisdom that provides us options to not only satiate our tastebuds but also soothe our soul during monsoons. Furthermore, all these recipes have been diligently developed to nourish the body during a time when our immunity stands compromised and we are at a risk of catching infections. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEAyurveda, the ancient system of medicine and holistic healing, states that health is a balance of three doshas, namely – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These represent the elements of air, fire and earth that are a part of our being. According to Ayurveda, in Varsha Ritu (rainy season) our body’s digestive capabilities are compromised due to aggravated Vata. It is referred to as a decrease in Agni. This is the cause of sluggish metabolism and low energy levels. At the same time, accumulation of Pitta is manifested as acidity, heart burn and acute inflammation in the body and joints. This is the reason why people who suffer from arthritis complain of increased pain and soreness during monsoons. With this predominant physiological response to rains, it becomes important to learn to eat right during this season. More that eating right, I would emphasise on eating on time. As I have mentioned earlier, the body’s digestive fire (Agni) is diminished during monsoons; and, if we train our body to eat at specific times based on a routine, it will be better prepared with its digestive juices, enzymes, bile and other neurological pathways to work upon the ingested food. This will ensure not just better digestion but better absorption and assimilation of nutrients. These nutrients then will serve towards nourishing the cells and boosting immunity. Guidelines to eating right Eat small and frequent meals: Long gaps between your meals will not only cause acidity but also translate into larger appetite at the time of the next meal. Owing to poor digestion, this will cause gastric issues like bloating, flatulence and heart burn. Eating every 2-3 hours regulates portion and allows for easy digestion.Start your main meals with pickled ginger: This is a ritual I have grown up with. Before serving a meal, my grandmother would serve a few slivers of pickled ginger to my grandfather and father. They would chew on it while their thalis were being set in the kitchen. Ginger is known to stimulate saliva, digestive juices and aid in digestion. If you thought this was only some random gastronomical tradition of my family alone, think again, it is also well documented in European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Eat freshly prepared warm food: Forget the anaaj ka nashta out of a box. Eat food that is freshly cooked at home, served hot. Indian traditional recipes are time tested and wholesome. Eating these ensure a higher nutrient profile and lesser toxic load. The ultra-processed cereals do the exact opposite. They increase the toxic load without even nourishing the body. Fresh food has greater prana, it’s this life-force energy that runs the body and boosts our immune system. Eat food that is easily digestible, avoid raw: Bid goodbye to salads and raw vegetable juices. During the rainy season, most ground worms come to the surface and find refuge in green leafy vegetables. It is, thus, best to avoid eating greens during this time. The creepers like ghia, karela, pumpkin, tori come to rescue. Well-cooked food not only has less chances of microbial presence but is easier on the body. Traditionally, Indians go off meat and fish during the rains and many avoid eggs during Saavan. This , again is indigenous food wisdom at work. Lean meat and eggs are heavier on the system to digest as compared to pulses. Include probiotics in your meals: Probiotics are good bacteria that are housed in our intestinal tract. Nutrition science in the past couple of years has been obsessed with their role and the research findings have ascertained that not only does gut microbiome assist in digestion but also contributes significantly towards our immunity. Nearly 80 per cent of our immunity lies in our gut. Home-set curd is a common probiotic. However, many people avoid curd during the rains because it tends to flare up inflammation causing muscle and joint pains. This is where homemade pickles come handy. The vegetables along with spices, herbs, salt and oil under controlled conditions convert into probiotics through a process of lacto-fermentation. Thus, if you avoid curd, you could include pickles or papads to assist your gut bacteria during monsoons. Attend to your cravings the right way: Pakodas are synonymous with monsoon. The rainy-day experience is never complete without chai and pakoda. Our body’s craving is its communication with us – we have to interpret it and attend to it the right way. I am sure you have noticed that the rainy season makes anytime a snack time. We feel hungry because of the cooler temperature outside. This increased hunger with reduced ability to digest is a deadly combination for the body. Hence, the fatty food. Now, let me explain this better! Fat is the best nutrient to send sharper satiety signals to our brain, this means that when we eat fat-rich (read: good fat) food, we feel fuller faster. The brain comprehends this and reduces the taste experience through the tastebuds to discontinue the act of eating. The trick here is to listen to this signal and stop rather than overload the body out of greed. So, enjoy your fritters and bhajias, but again, use only cold-pressed regional oils like mustard, groundnut, sesame, coconut or ghee. And yes, olive oil bhajias neither qualify the taste nor health tests. I am sure you can guess why even air-fried pakodas do not make it to the list! Masala chai is health in a cup. With the perfect blend of Indian spices (see box), nothing comes close to this elixir. Chai is an ideal companion to hot snacks in this season. With the therapeutic properties of added herbs, it is a potent digestive aid, immunity booster, perfect therapy for congestion, headaches due to cough and cold and a great relaxant.Our very own indigenous variety of corn, bhutta, a produce very specific to the rainy season, is an ideal monsoon snack. The delectable aroma of roasted corn and the tangy flavor of nimbu- namak masala is enough to make one salivate in anticipation. If you fear that this will ruin your ‘weight loss’ diet, think again. The corn is harvested after it has matured. At this stage, all the sugar has been converted into complex starch.Regional recipes: In the words of the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, “Indian food heritage is a mixture of art and science and is exceptionally vast and diverse. Rich cultural diversity, native ethnicity, unique flavour of each region and different customs are best encapsulated by Indian cuisine.” So be it the vada or karakadaka kanji of Kerela, surti locho of Gujrat, khichudi of Bengal, mirchi bada of Rajasthan or patode of North India, each regional delicacy is highly evolved in its nutritional benefits, something that modern nutrition science is only studying to understand! So, while restaurants entice you with their elaborate monsoon menus, delve right into your traditional monsoon food, guilt free, because what is being cooked with love at home can never match what is cooked for profit! And, to conclude, as we near Independence Day, I urge you to free yourself from the bondage of food myths, short-term health solutions, quick fixes and fad diets. These are some of the ways the profit-driven food industry keeps us caged. Embrace swadeshi (local and regional) food and allow the shower of rich Indian food wisdom to enlighten you and help reap fruits of a healthy life. (Madhavi K Sharma is a nutritionist & certified diabetes educator)last_img read more

Canada not on board plan to ban dirty fuel use on Arctic

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian government wants more study on the impact of eliminating heavy fuel oil in the Arctic before it signs onto an international agreement to ban its use there.Sixteen months ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and then-U.S. President Barack Obama jointly committed to phase down the use of heavy fuel oils in the Arctic.In an unexpected turn of events, the United States is keeping its end of the bargain under President Donald Trump. Last summer, the U.S. — along with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Iceland and New Zealand — proposed that the International Marine Organization ban heavy fuel oils from Arctic shipping vessels by 2021.Heavy fuel oil has been banned in the Antarctic since 2011.The proposed ban would apply to heavy fuel oil used or being carried for use by ships during trips through Arctic waters, but not to ships carrying it as cargo for use elsewhere.“A single HFO spill could have devastating and lasting effects on fragile Arctic marine and coastal environments,” the proposal says. “In addition, Arctic shipping is projected to continue to rise, thus increasing the risk of a spill. For these reasons, the ban on HFO should be implemented as soon as possible, and any delay in implementation of the HFO ban by eligible ships should be short-lived.”Canada, however, wants a delay. It joined the Marshall Islands — one of the most popular places in the world for shipping companies to register their vessels — to submit a request for things to be slowed down until further study on the economic and other impacts of such a ban on Arctic communities can be completed.Among the concerns: heavy fuel oil is far cheaper than the main alternative, diesel, and replacing it would drive up the cost of getting supplies to remote Arctic communities. Food and other goods are already far more expensive in the North because of the cost to ship them there.Canada’s position doesn’t say it won’t support a ban ever but it does want more study before seeing one put in place.The Nunavut government wouldn’t comment for this story.Heavy fuel oil is a sludge-like byproduct of making distilled fuel like gasoline. It is half the cost of most alternatives but produces far more pollutants including 30 to 80 per cent more black carbon which is one of the most problematic greenhouse gases in the Arctic.In 2009, the Arctic Council called heavy fuel oil “the most significant threat from ships to the Arctic environment.”The air pollution from heavy fuel oil burned on shipping vessels has been blamed for thousands of deaths due to air pollution each year.It also breaks down far more slowly than other fuels like marine diesel, meaning it’s nearly impossible to get rid of once it spills into the ocean.The International Council on Clean Transportation reported that it’s the most commonly used shipping fuel in the Arctic and its use there is growing as climate change expands shipping options through the far North.Andrew Dumbrille, sustainable shipping specialist at World Wildlife Fund Canada, said he doesn’t understand the need for delay, given that Canada has known for “months and years” that this issue was coming and committed to addressing it with Obama.“So, they’ve been doing nothing to do cost-benefit analysis or do they have one?” he asked. “Have they been sitting on their hands hoping the issue will go away and now it’s not so now they’re sort of caught off guard and want to put the brakes on?”Dumbrille said 2021 is three years away — plenty of time to develop a plan to get rid of “the dirtiest, the cheapest, the bottom of the barrel fuel on the planet” without placing a burden on northern communities.Most ships can convert to using marine diesel without much difficulty, he said. The WWF would prefer they switch to liquid natural gas but that would require a lot of new marine infrastructure to allow for refuelling.Heavy fuel oil use is one of the items on the agenda next week when the environment committee of the International Marine Organization meets in London.last_img read more

Donald Trump Wants to Prevent Muslims From Entering the US

New York – Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump continues with his wave of discrimination and comments full of hatred against Muslims.His latest Islamophobic remark on Monday was to call for banning Muslims from entering the United States, until the government can “figure out what is going on”.Following the Paris attacks last month and the shooting in San Bernardino, Trump has jumped on the anti-Muslim wagon, stereotyping Muslims and associating extremism and terrorism with Islam. “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” Trump said.“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have not sense of reason or respect for human life,” he added.The billionaire’s remarks have shocked U.S. experts on immigration law and policy who point out that there is no “historical precedent for denying immigration based on religion”.“This is just so antithetical to the history of the United States. It’s unbelievable to have a religious test for admission into the country,” Nancy Morawetz, a clinical law professor at New York University said.“The Donald” has maintained the lead in the GOP presidential nomination since the beginning of his campaign with controversial comments that have stirred uproar among Latinos when he labeled Mexicans as “rapists and drug addicts.” To obtain more votes in the upcoming republican nomination, he is now labeling Muslims as terrorists.Trump’s statement adds to his xenophobic and Hitler-like remarks when he said last month that the US government should impose special ID cards on all Muslims living in the US.From mocking reporters, to kicking others out of his rallies, to using politically incorrect stereotypes left and right, Trump continues to show the ugly face of US politics. read more

201415 budget proposal commits to balanced books by yearend

Brock’s Administration will recommend the University’s Board of Trustees approve a 2014-15 operating budget that opens the year by forecasting a $3.2-million shortfall, but commits to eliminating that deficit by the end of the fiscal year.The budget plan was drafted in consultation with the Senior Administrative Council (SAC), the Council of Academic Deans (CAD), unit leaders, Senate (primarily though feedback received from Senate sub-subcommittees) and the Board of Trustees and its committees.The budget plan recommends the $3.2-million shortfall on the condition that the University finds in-year mitigation measures that will ultimately achieve a balanced budget for 2014-15.A topic sheet posted on the Brock Outlook website states the 2014-15 budget proposal will go before the Board’s Financial Planning, Investments and Human Resources Committee when it meets on June 26. read more

UN envoy sees startling change in political will to fight HIVAIDS in

“It is hard to describe the sense of change from the previous administration: suffice to say, where HIV/AIDS is concerned, the change is night and day,” Stephen Lewis, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, said during a press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York. “The President has appointed an HIV/AIDS Cabinet of nine members, which he personally chairs. He’s providing very open and public leadership on the issues of AIDS, and demands the same of his cabinet colleagues.”Mr. Lewis was briefing reporters on his recent trip to Kenya, during which he met at length with the new President, Mwai Kibaki, in what he called “one of the most refreshing meetings I’ve attended with a Head of State.” The UN envoy also met with the Ministers of Health, Education and Information, the UN country team and various representatives of civil society organizations to discuss various aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.Mr. Lewis said the full force of the new Government has been felt particularly in the area of education, where many children orphaned by AIDS are often forced to drop out of school due to lack of funding. The Government abolished the payment of primary school fees and, “an extraordinary thing happened: when school reconvened in January, one million new children poured into the educational system within one week – an increase of over 20 per cent,” he stated.Discussions with the Health Ministry also illustrated the Government’s determination to break the grip of the pandemic on Kenyan society, Mr. Lewis said. In addition, the Minister of Information is about to take a very unusual step by directing that a certain limited percentage of air time, on all radio and television stations, be devoted to programming on AIDS prevention.While all of these intentions are truly exciting and a dramatic departure from previous administration, Mr. Lewis pointed out, the need out weighed available resources and Kenya needed assistance to effectively tackle the epidemic.”It’s hard to convey the startlingly changed atmosphere in the political precincts of Nairobi and by extension, in the population overall. If ever there was a time to turn the pandemic around in Kenya, that time is now,” Mr. Lewis reiterated. “But they’ll need lots of help. They must get it.” read more

February van and truck registrations

“Despite the hesitant economic recovery, demand for new vans has picked up, though trucks still struggle in one of the most difficult markets since the early 1990s,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We don’t expect a consistent recovery for some time, either for new vans or trucks, so durable growth in business investment and confidence is vital.  The government’s 2010 Budget needs to deliver clear, supportive and dependable policies, including better access to business credit to sustain that recovering demand for vans and trucks.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) February fillip for van registrations, but not for trucks• Registrations: 10,348 in February; 220,521 for the rolling year, down 32.2%.• Trucks: 1,370 in February; 32,473 for the rolling year, down 40.4%.• Vans: 8,978 for the month; 188,048 for the rolling year, down 30.6%. read more

NBA Finals OKC Faces MustWin In Game 4

NBA Finals Depending on how you look at it, the Oklahoma City Thunder could be up 3-0 in the NBA Finals or down 0-3. That’s how close the games wereThe reality is that the Thunder trail 2-1, making Tuesday’s Game 4 in Miami a game OKC cannot afford to lose. History shows that no team has come from a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals. The Thunder did rebound from losing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals to San Antonio. But that was the Spurs.Miami is led by LeBron James, who has played the best and most determined ball of his career. His numbers — 33.4 points, 11.6 rebounds in last five games, going back to Game 6 of the previous series — reflect his impact on the series.Just as significant has been that James has received more help than Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, which was not suppose to happen. But sure enough, Dwyane Wade has relocated his offense to nicely compliment James — and forward Shane Battier, a defensive specialist, has made 17 of 21 three-point shots. Also, point guard Mario Chalmers has been more productive than anticipated.Meanwhile, Durant has been outstanding. However, he was held just four points in the fourth quarter after he scored 17 and 16 in the last 12 minutes respectively in Games 1 and 2. Worse, though, for the Thunder is that he has not received consistent help from anyone, especially point guard Russell Westbrook and Sixth Man of the Year Award recipient James Harden, who was just 2-for-9 and had only a strong effort in Game 2.Westbrook had to be sat by coach Scott Brooks because he had four possessions that were totally out of control and unproductive. Problem was, Durant already was on the bench with foul trouble. OKC’s 10-point lead collapsed by the end of the period and missed free throws and poor late-game execution doomed them.Now, Oklahoma City needs all that rectified to win Game 4. Its youth showed for the first time in the playoffs, and, against James and the Heat’s determination, that inexperience has to be harnessed to tie the series and not face unprecedented odds.“We’ll be ready,” James assured. “We love the challenge.”No one is certain about the Thunder. read more

Ohio State men and women cross country teams disappointing at Big Ten

The Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country teams didn’t impress at the 2011 Big Ten Championships at the University of Illinois last weekend. While both teams thought they ran tough, neither had a small enough split in order to finish as high as they would have liked. The men, led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, who finished 19th in 24:21 and 21st in 24:24, respectively, had a team score of 138. The Buckeyes fell to 13-time defending champion Wisconsin, as well as Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. “It was tough, we had a couple guys run really good, and then we probably just had too far a break between our fourth and fifth.” OSU head coach Robert Gary said. Junior Julian Meyer was OSU’s third runner, finishing 25th in 24:28. Redshirt senior Adam Green and junior Chris Fallon rounded out the top five, covering the 8K course in 24:31 and 24:49, respectively. Even though the team didn’t finish as high as they would have liked, Williams was happy to see his team battle. “It’s disappointing. I think we were hoping for a little better, but at the same time it was about as good a race as we could have today,” he said. “It’s hard to be too critical because I think we ran really tough.” After finishing well behind Michigan and Minnesota at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes were only 34 points away from tying those two schools for third place on Sunday. “It’s good because we’re already really shortening things up. Minnesota and Michigan killed us at Wisconsin just two weeks ago so we’re starting to close the gap,” Gary said. The women saw No. 15 Michigan State win the title for the second-straight year. Junior Tori Brink was the Buckeyes pace setter, finishing the 6K race in 23rd with a time of 20:55. The Buckeyes placed two other women in the top 40, with redshirt senior Jordan Jennewine finishing 32nd in 21:05 and freshman Nicole Hilton who finished 37th with a time of 21:09. OSU women’s assistant coach Chris Neal liked how his top three finishers got out and finished strong, but said the team needed better performances from its other runners. “I think my top three ran really tough,” he said. “We just left too big of a gap, we needed our fourth and fifth to be up there with them.” Freshman Michelle Thomas and junior Molly Jacobson were the team’s fourth and fifth runners, finishing 58th and 83rd with times of 21:35 and 22:15, respectively. The team will have a week off from competing before traveling to Toledo for the Great Lakes Regional Championships on Nov. 12. read more

Randgold says partnership essential for African gold mining

first_imgThe development of sustainably profitable gold mining industries in Africa requires a committed long-term partnership between the mining companies, their investors and the governments of their host countries, Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow said in Senegal yesterday. Speaking on the first day of the Senegal International Mining Conference, Bristow said while West and Central Africa held great potential for further worldclass gold discoveries, the overpromotion of marginal assets by speculators had disappointed many expectations, including those of the host countries.“The reality is that driving a mining asset up the value curve is a tough business which takes time  –  five to ten years  –  as well as tenacity, expertise and resources.  Not many companies can marshal this combination of qualities,” he said.Bristow said that, taken as a whole, Africa was no more risky for mining companies than other emerging regions.  It did, however, present certain specific challenges, notably in terms of capacity and infrastructure.  Governments should diminish these hurdles by providing a physical and regulatory environment which was supportive of mining development.“True value creation is a complex, lengthy and integrated process. The mining companies who succeed in Africa have a proper growth strategy and a commitment to the long term. They are not focused on the next quarter’s results but have a vision which ranges all the way from realistic feasibility studies to post-mining rehabilitation.  Particularly in Africa, with its history of exploitation, success in mining also requires a genuine partnership between companies, their shareholders, and the governments and people of their host countries. This partnership should share a real interest in building capacity and delivering returns. That way it will generate not only sustainably profitable mining businesses but make a meaningful and much-needed contribution to the wider economic welfare of these countries,” he said.Randgold Resources discovered and developed the Morila and Loulo mines in Mali and is currently building its third mine at Tongon in the Côte d’Ivoire. It also has advanced projects in Mali and Senegal as well as a 45% stake in Kibali in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of Africa’s largest undeveloped gold deposits.last_img read more

Finally a Lord of the Rings Game About Gollum

first_imgStay on target As much as people seemed to like them as big dumb fantasy action-adventure open-world games, there’s been a lot of debate over how well Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War hold up as faithful Tolkien adaptations. I don’t care at all about Lord of the Rings and even I could tell something wasn’t right about turning a big spider into a hot lady and having you just make your own ring, dammit. Not to mention all the orc slavery.For all of its epic grandeur, Lord of the Rings always seemed like it cared more about humbler perspectives like little hobbits. And no character seems lower on the totem pole, while also being super popular and recognizable, as Gollum. So it only makes sense this scrawny little nude paranoid man is finally getting his own video game.While Gollum was shoe-horned in as a quest-giver in the recent AAA Middle-Earth games, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum sounds like a much more appropriate use of both the character and the mythos. The game is a prequel, showing Gollum’s life before meeting Frodo. This will also be a new Gollum, not a Peter Jackson/Andy Serkis Gollum.Gameplay details are sparse, although we do know the character’s warring split personality will come into play when making decisions. Also considering developer Daedalic Entertainment’s history of point-and-click adventures, expect lots of depressing puzzles about pixel hunting for a precious ring that just isn’t there.The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is scheduled for 2021 to release on PC and whatever next-gen consoles are around by that point. But there’s plenty of other Middle-Earth material to chew between now and then. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming Tolkien biopic. Get hyped for Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. And check out the most epic Lord of the Rings toys. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

Salvation Army events set for Feb 2425

first_imgWashougal — The Salvation Army in Washougal is celebrating its 20th anniversary and its new facility on Feb. 24 and 25.Feb. 24 will kick off with a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the nonprofit, located at 1612 I St. Afterwards, visitors can enter a raffle and collect passport stamps while taking a self-guided tour. Carnival games, such as life-sized Operation and Connect Four, food and live music will keep the party going until the building dedication at 6:30 p.m. Northwest Brass and Chorus will perform.To recognize The Salvation Army’s 20 years of service and ministry in Camas and Washougal, there will be a special service 11 a.m. Feb. 25. After the service, a time capsule will be buried that will be opened in a decade. Northwest Brass and Chorus will perform that day, as well.last_img read more

Dos donts of undecking the halls

first_imgThe holidays produce some weird waste specific to the post-Christmas purge. When else are people looking to unload mass quantities of tiny light bulbs, sheets of bubble wrap and entire dead trees over the same week?For those looking to un-deck their halls, they should keep in mind the limitations on disposing of certain holiday paraphernalia.Not everything can go in the recycling bin, and not everything should go in the trash. When in doubt, ask the experts.“We have a search tool online, it’s a free app and it’s a web tool. It’s called Recycle Right,” said Melissa Johnston, a waste reduction specialist at Waste Connections.“It’s customized for Clark County. You can type in any item you’re thinking of — Christmas lights, or wrapping paper — and it’ll show you recycling options, or whether it’s garbage.”Donate or dispose?If storing Christmas lights until next year isn’t an option, consider donating working lights to a local Goodwill or thrift store. Six Goodwill locations in Clark County accept secondhand string lights — three in Vancouver (1200 S.E. 162nd Place, 14300 N.E. 20th Ave. and 6425 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.), one in Hazel Dell (1600 N.E. 78th St.), one in Orchards (9025 N.E. 117th Ave.) and one in Battle Ground (101 N.W. 20th Ave.)Share, Open House Ministries and ReTails Thrift Store, all in Vancouver, also accept used Christmas lights.“As long as they work and they’re sellable,” said Kristine Moore, supervisor at ReTails.Moore said that holiday lights tend to come to the store in waves: one right after Thanksgiving, one right after Christmas and one during spring cleaning. Before donating lights to any thrift store, call ahead of time and make sure they’re still accepting them.last_img read more

Writein candidate wants Camas council job

first_imgCamas Councilwoman Linda Dietzman now has opposition in her re-election bid.Steve Bang, a business development veteran in the high-tech industry, has declared himself a write-in alternative to Dietzman, citing fellow community residents’ frustrations with Dietzman.Bang criticized Dietzman in a written release for her “lack of transparency and public involvement” with regard to her service as a representative of Camas-Washougal on the C-Tran board. Among Bang’s top issues is prioritizing city services to save taxpayer dollars, he said, adding he hoped to use his business experience to help grow living-wage employment in Camas.Bang and his wife, Sarah, have lived in Camas since 1999.Bang’s website is www.stevenbang.com.last_img read more

High winds downed lines cut power to thousands from Willow to Cooper

first_imgHigh winds and falling trees cut power to thousands of residents today throughout the Mat-Su, Anchorage, and down the Kenai Peninsula as far as Cooper Landing.Phil Steyer, spokesperson for Chugach Electric, says up to 4,000 customers across the company’s service area – from northeast Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula, including Whittier and Tyonek – found themselves without power this morning.“At this time, we have restored power to Whittier; we have restored the bulk of the customers in the Anchorage Bowl that were out,” Steyer said. “And we’re down to outages affecting Cooper Landing, the Hope and Sunrise area, Indian and Bird, and scattered across the Anchorage Bowl, and a few customers in Tyonek.”Steyer estimates fewer than 1,000 Chugach customers remain without power.Anchorage’s Municipal Light & Power experienced two outages this morning. Spokesperson Julie Harris says the first outage affected customers in East Anchorage and Airport Heights.“About 1,400 customers were without power,” Harris said. “Most of those customers were back on within a couple of hours, and as of right now, we have only a handful of customers in Airport Heights near 16th Ave. and Debarr Rd. that are still without power.”Harris says the second outage, which has been resolved, impacted around 75 ML&P customers near Boniface Parkway and the Glenn Highway.In the Mat-Su, around 4,500 residents from Eagle River to Willow are still without power.Crews from Chugach Electric, ML&P, and Matanuska Electric Association are working to resolve the remaining outages.last_img read more

4 killed 12 injured as bus hit electric pole in Bihar

first_imgPatna:Four people were killed and 12 others injured when a high tension wire fell on a bus in Bihar’s Nawada district on Wednesday, police said. A district police official said 40 people were travelling in the bus when it hit an electric pole near Yogiya Sthan under Kawyakaul police station. All the injured were admitted to a hospital.last_img

For Houstons Undocumented Immigrants Theres No Promise Of Disaster Relief

first_imgSTELLA M. CHAVEZ / KERA NEWSHouston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative is set up at the NRG Center, with several posters that hope to welcome undocumented immigrants and encourage them to get help.Houston bills itself the most diverse big city in America. A quarter of the population was born outside of the U.S. – and a third of that number is undocumented. Because of federal rules that limit aid to those residents, that presents a huge challenge after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey.For nearly 600,000 people, the storm has turned anxiety about immigration raids and deportations into a real fear to seek shelter – despite the fact that Houston officials have said they would not ask for immigration status or papers at the city’s shelters.In addition, many will likely not see much financial aid from the federal government.“If you’re undocumented completely and you don’t have a U.S. citizen child who’s under the age of 18, you are not eligible for any type of FEMA relief,” said Kate Vickery, who is the executive director of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative.Vickery is one of the immigration advocates who has been working at the NRG Center – one of the three biggest shelters for Harvey evacuees. These advocates are trying to make sure that people who are undocumented can get disaster assistance from other sources. According to the FEMA website, undocumented immigrants are mostly only eligible for disaster relief assistance under different programs run by state and local agencies as well as voluntary agencies.Though, there is some good news for parents who have U.S.-born children: they can apply for aid from FEMA on behalf of their kids, who are under 18, without having to provide information on their own immigration statuses. But Kate Vickery worries many won’t.“We know that people are less inclined to apply for certain public benefits because of this kind of culture of fear around immigration enforcement and the federal government this year especially,” she said.A controversial “sanctuary cities” law in Texas was set to go into effect Sept. 1. SB4 would have given police and other law enforcement the authority to question the immigration status of people they arrest or even stop in routine interactions. The law, as passed, also sought to punish local government officials who don’t cooperate fully with all federal immigration requests. That law was temporarily blocked by a federal judge last week. At the shelter, Vickery and her colleagues have posted signs in numerous languages – everything from Bengali to Cantonese and Urdu to Portuguese.They want to make sure that language, at least, deters no one from asking for help.Copyright 2017 KERA. To see more, visit KERA. Sharelast_img read more

Physicists use blind quantum computing to verify results of quantum computer

first_img Schematic of a quantum computation with verification sub-routines. Credit: Nature Physics (2013) doi:10.1038/nphys2763 One of the perplexing puzzles that computer scientists have been struggling with is in figuring out how to prove that results obtained using advanced computers are correct. If a computer is used, for example, to perform a calculation and returns a result that can be had no other way, how can the answer be verified? That question has come up more and more often as scientists move closer to developing true quantum computers—machines that in all likelihood will be able to provide answers to all manner of mysterious questions. But how will we know that the answers they give us, are right?One idea is to create two different types of computers that arrive at answers using completely different architectures, then set them both to work on the same problem to see if they agree. Such a scenario would be the ideal—unfortunately, at this point, it doesn’t appear likely that a new type of architecture capable of keeping up with a quantum computer is likely to come along any time soon, thus, scientists have to look for other options. In this effort by the team in Vienna, the researchers are looking to use a second quantum computer to verify results given by a first, despite being far less powerful.The team used a method known as blind quantum computing to test a single quantum computation by testing the correctness of measurements performed in obtaining the result. Going about it this way means the computer doing the testing, called the verifier, doesn’t have to have the power of the computer being tested, called the server. Quantum blind testing involves using what are known as trap qubits—qubits that are entangled between both of the computers. Verifying (not testing, technically) is done by preparing the trap qubits in a way that is known to the verifier but not the server. Qcloud project to allow online users a taste of quantum computing More information: Experimental verification of quantum computation, Nature Physics (2013) DOI: 10.1038/nphys2763AbstractQuantum computers are expected to offer substantial speed-ups over their classical counterparts and to solve problems intractable for classical computers. Beyond such practical significance, the concept of quantum computation opens up fundamental questions, among them the issue of whether quantum computations can be certified by entities that are inherently unable to compute the results themselves. Here we present the first experimental verification of quantum computation. We show, in theory and experiment, how a verifier with minimal quantum resources can test a significantly more powerful quantum computer. The new verification protocol introduced here uses the framework of blind quantum computing and is independent of the experimental quantum-computation platform used. In our scheme, the verifier is required only to generate single qubits and transmit them to the quantum computer. We experimentally demonstrate this protocol using four photonic qubits and show how the verifier can test the computer’s ability to perform quantum computation.Press release A measurement angle (again unknown to the server) for a trap qubit is chosen which is predetermined by the verifier—allowing it to detect measurement errors (called cheating) by the server. The location of the trap bits are chosen randomly, allowing for calculating the probability of cheating errors by the server at different processing points. The end result is a number that represents the probability that the result given by the more powerful quantum computer is correct. Thus, the method involves testing the way an answer is arrived at, rather than whether the answer is itself actually correct. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at the University of Vienna, has developed a technique for verifying results produced by a quantum computer. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the researchers explain how their method uses one simple quantum computer to verify results produced by another that is far more powerful. Journal information: Nature Physicscenter_img © 2013 Phys.org The image is an illustration of the fundamental question: can quantum computations be verified by entities that are inherently unable to compute the results themselves? Credit: EQUINOX GRAPHICS 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: Physicists use blind quantum computing to verify results of quantum computer (2013, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-physicists-quantum-results.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Walking with fluttering heart

first_imgPayal Jain launched her Autumn/Winter 2012 couture collection at a south Delhi five star. The fash frat of Delhi registered their attendance at the event. We spotted Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Monisha Bajaj, Anil Lepps, Leena Singh, Poonam Bhagat and model Amit Ranjan at the show. Here are snapshots.last_img

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