Southern Quebec visited by unprecedented number of painted lady butterflies

first_imgMONTREAL – The millions of black-and-orange butterflies that have carpeted flower beds across the Montreal area in recent days are waiting for winds to carry them south to warmer weather, according to an expert at the Montreal Insectarium.Southern Quebec has become host to an “unprecedented” number of painted lady butterflies in the last ten days, said Max Larrivee, the museum’s head of research and collections.“It’s extremely unusual,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday. “This is the largest on record — no doubt.”He said it’s unclear precisely why the region has witnessed so many butterflies at once.One factor that can explain the increase, Larrivee said, is that the butterflies arrived early this year and therefore benefited from an extra reproduction cycle.Their large numbers, he continued, allowed the insects to cover a bigger territory than they normally would.“In the spring they came really early and in really high numbers in April, which allowed them to take advantage of a much larger territory to reproduce, but also to reproduce one more time than they normally do,” Larrivee said.And while they usually fly up to 500 metres in the air, he said they’ve been forced closer to the ground by winds coming from the south.Most of the painted ladies will probably leave Quebec to continue their southwest migration towards Texas and Mexico within a week or so, or whenever the winds shift, Larrivee said.People often confuse the painted ladies with the monarch butterfly, which has similar colouring but is larger and has no brown on its wings or body.And unlike monarchs, which feed only on milkweed, painted ladies can eat a variety of plants, which gives them a more expansive breeding ground.Christian Schmidt, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, said large numbers of painted lady butterflies have also been spotted in other provinces including Alberta, B.C. and Nova Scotia.“It’s pretty much right across the country, although maybe not with the numbers you’re seeing in southern Quebec,” he said in a phone interview.He too, said the exact reason for the population boom remains a mystery.Possible factors include climate shifts and rainy spring weather leading to lush vegetation growth, he said.“It’s tough to say exactly what conditions are favourable to the population buildup,” Schmidt said. “It’s probably a combination of things.”While the painted lady butterflies have had “a phenomenal year,” Larrivee said the same isn’t true of most other local species, which suffered during a cold, wet spring.“Overall some butterflies are faring well, some are faring poorly,” he said. “The general consensus overall is that there are less butterflies than there used to be pretty much everywhere on the landscape.”Larrivee said he and other scientists are hoping to solve the mystery of the butterflies’ shifting migration habits with the help of the public.He’s asking people to log into the website to document their pictures and observations of the insects.last_img read more

FAO Warns of Rapidly Deteriorating Food Security in Yemen

Rome  –  More than half of the total population of Yemen – some 14.4 million people – are food insecure, as ongoing conflict and import restrictions have reduced the availability of essential foods and sent prices soaring, FAO said on Thursday.The number of food insecure people has grown by 12 percent since June 2015 (36 percent since late 2014), according to the UN agency.“Food insecurity and malnutrition are becoming highly critical,” said Salah Elhajj Hassan, FAO Representative in Yemen, calling for urgent support to assist families in growing food and protect their livestock as well as measures to facilitate much-needed food and fuel imports. “The numbers are staggering,” added Etienne Peterschmitt, FAO Deputy Representative and Emergency Response Team Leader in Yemen, who called the situation “a forgotten crisis, with millions of people in urgent need across the country.”“Under these critical conditions, it’s more important than ever to help families produce their own food and reduce their dependence on increasingly scarce and costly food imports,” he added.Fuel shortages and restrictions on imports – which Yemen relies on for more than 90 percent of its staple foods – have reduced the availability of essential food commodities and caused food and fuel prices to soar since conflict escalated in March 2015.Yemen is heavily dependent on these imports, as only 4 percent of the country’s land is arable and only a fraction of that land is currently used for food production.According to the UN agency, some 2.3 million people are internally displaced within Yemen.Reflecting growing needs, FAO has increased its annual funding appeal for Yemen from previous years to $25 million in 2016 to help families produce food and build resilience with a variety of activities.With MAP read more

Nova Scotia targets 10 of power from tidal energy

HALIFAX — The government of Nova Scotia has set a target to replace 10% of the province’s current power supply with tidal energy over the next decade and beyond.The provincial Energy Department released a marine energy plan Tuesday that is aiming for 300 megawatts of power to be generated from tidal energy by around 2020.Tidal energy experiments in the Bay of Fundy are part of the province’s aggressive bid to generate 40% of its electricity from renewable resources by that same year.The strategy was based on 27 recommendations made by Bob Fournier, who was hired by the province last fall to lead consultations on the drafting of marine renewable energy legislation.Energy Minister Charlie Parker says the legislation will likely be brought in next spring. read more

SRK assists mines with water use licence amendments

first_imgApplying for and obtaining amendments to water use licences is an ongoing and often time-consuming process for most mines, even when the adjustments are relatively low-risk, according to SRK Consulting Principal Environmental Scientist Jacky Burke, the leader of SRK’s water use licence application (WULA) Group.Speaking recently at a WULA workshop hosted by SRK in Johannesburg, Burke said due to the dynamic nature of mining – which constantly adapts to changing conditions – amendments to existing water use licences and applications for additional new water uses are a regular requirement for mines. She highlighted that SRK’s experience in this field – including its constructive working relationships with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) – positions it well to conduct the necessary specialist studies for mines, assist with applications, and also follow up actively where necessary with the DWS to facilitate an outcome in good time.“Water is a complex field and everyone involved is on a steep learning curve with the stringent new licensing system,” said Burke. “But we are confident that by sharing our experiences in workshops like these – and continuing to receive guidance from DWS – we can help clients improve compliance and reduce operational and closure liability costs.”The workshop focused on the new Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (EWULAAS), highlighting the value of making the financial and time investment early in a WUL application so that costs can be saved later.  Experts also outlined how applications could benefit from the DWS’s more streamlined and manageable process – while also considering where challenges that delay the application process were being experienced.SRK Senior Environmental Scientist Avril Owens emphasised that the web-based EWULAAS system was user-friendly and followed a logical flow process in three key steps: a first, pre-application phase; a second phase in which supporting documents and water use forms are submitted on-line; and a third phase where a technical report and additional specialist information are uploaded for DWS decision making.“EWULAAS certainly promises to be a great improvement on the original paper-based system,” said Owens. “Among the advantages is the ability to generate a summary of water uses per farm prior to phase one submission, to verify that all water uses have been correctly captured on the system and highlights any gaps in the application; also, the submission can be tracked on-line, providing more transparency on its progress.”As with any new system, she said, there were going to be teething issues, so SRK maintained close working links with DWS to help ensure that the system worked optimally.“There is no doubt that this is a better way to go – with applicants knowing that all the information is there, that nothing can get lost, and that the process can be tracked,” she said. “There is obviously also a human element to the system, and as users we also have to play a constructive role in keeping everyone to the deadlines.”Owens emphasised the importance of the pre-application phase, in which applicants meet with DWS to clarify their way forward; in fact, most of the preparation work is required to be completed before the on-line submission process can begin.Highlighting the type and scale of activity to be undertaken, SRK principal environmental scientist Didi Masoabi said it was important for applicants to be aware that site-specific environmental impact assessments and specialist studies may need to be conducted.“Public participation is also an important element of a WULA, as interested and affected parties need to be informed about what you plan to do and how it may impact them,” said Masoabi. “Depending on the size of your project, the DWS may need more information on how you intend to communicate with the public about your project.”The workshop included presentations by SRK environmental scientists Giulia Barr, Angelika Möhr and Björn Schroder, as well as Stephen van Staden, an accredited aquatic biomonitoring specialist at Scientific Aquatic Services (SAS).Burke said it was vital for WUL applicants to have the findings of their studies thoroughly reviewed by experienced experts to minimise the potential for unreasonable conditions in the water use licence based on specific specialist findings, and that the SRK WULA team was geared to tackle complex projects within the evolving environmental legislative framework.“We work with clients on projects from concept stage through to closure, providing services such as integrated WULAs, general authorisation applications, WUL amendment applications, and WUL audits,” she said.last_img read more

Bugbears Next Car Game includes amazing vehicular destruction

first_imgVehicular destruction is probably most associated with the Burnout games, but even Burnout: Paradise had its limits in this regard. The technological limitations of even that quite recent title meant that the Burnout cars were crunching in a wide and satisfying variety of ways. However, it was a well done system for deforming crashed cars, but hardcore players definitely noticed the repetition in wreck shapes.Bugbear Entertainment wants to change that, among other things, with their upcoming title Next Car Game. The maker of Flatout, Ridge Racer Unlimited, and Sega Rally Revo is no stranger to mad Mustangs and violent Vipers, so to drive home just how serious the team is about car destructibility, they’ve released a behind the scenes video all about their work in that area.It’s basically two and a half minutes of the same car crashing over and over — and damned if it isn’t entertaining.One of the things that makes the video so interesting is the fact that soft body physics are used to give the cars real deformation. In their own words, this means that cars will “have the right sized and shaped dent” when they run into an obstruction, or vice versa. No more rotating list of destruction animations; these cars will wreck as they really should.Bugbear is well acquainted with debris.The most interesting portion of the video shows a single care going through a series of rotating grinders, being broken down progressively more and more. Either they’ve built into the car models a truly dizzying number of pieces, or the engine is intelligently ripping apart the car’s body, as appropriate.A developer like Bugbear has seen the advantages of both licensed and unlicensed cars; with Sega Rally Revo they made a game with some of the most famous names is autosports, while with the Flatout series they’ve always worked with their own creations. Next Car Game will certainly have to be in the latter category, probably for the same reason as the Burnout series: automotive manufacturers are hesitant to be a part of games that will see their product continually maimed and defaced.Little else is known about this upcoming title, save that it will be heavily focused on crashing. It will, however, be a “PC first” development, with possible later versions for both current and next-gen consoles determined by how much money they are able to raise and/or make off the title.last_img read more

Hydra Songs and Tales of Bohemia

first_imgNext month, Melbourne’s Music Week will commence, with a host of interesting and diverse performances scheduled for music lovers. One such event taking place at the Hellenic Museum’s spectacular MPavilion is Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia. Weaving music, song, documentary footage and narrative, the minds behind the project have managed to recreate the zeitgeist of the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s. From Leonard Cohen to Allen Ginsberg, Sidney Nolan to Peter Finch, artists gravitated around the glamorous Australian literary couple George Johnston and Charmian Clift on this tiny Aegean island in a time of rebellion, romance and creativity.From songs by Cohen to Chris Fatouros and Spiros Falieros, the period will be recreated and celebrated across three nights. A bar will be open serving Greek mezze and drinks throughout the night.A ticketed event, entry is $25 per person and can be purchased online at…When: 13, 14 and 20 November from 7.00 pm-10.00 pm (AEDT)Where: MPavilion, Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, VIC Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La AuchanBox bientôt commercialisée

first_imgLa AuchanBox bientôt commercialiséeFrance – Un nouvel opérateur fait son apparition dans le paysage de l’Internet en France. Auchan commercialisera sa box le 15 février en Ile-de-France puis s’étendra à travers le réseau Numéricable. Auchan a décidé de commercialiser à son tour son offre Internet. Le 15 février, le nouvel opérateur ouvrira son réseau en Ile-de-France en utilisant le circuit de Numéricable. Par la suite, il s’étendra sur d’autres villes françaises selon les installations du cablo-opérateur. Auchan propose deux types d’abonnements : la téléphonie et Internet pour 16,99 euros par mois, ou bien ces deux services plus la télévision pour 27,99 euros par mois. Le téléphone est facturé à la communication et il faudra ajouter 3 euros pour bénéficier de l’illimité sur les fixes en France et Dom-Tom. La Box est gratuite mais des frais d’activation du décodeur (160 Go) sont à prévoir à hauteur de 99 euros. L’installation à domicile est gratuite. Le 3 février 2010 à 11:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des vaisseaux sanguins qui aident à éradiquer les tumeurs

first_imgDes vaisseaux sanguins qui aident à éradiquer les tumeursUne équipe de chercheurs toulousains a découvert l’existence d’un type particulier de vaisseaux sanguins dont la morphologie facilite le passage des lymphocytes du sang vers le tissu. Une augmentation de ces vaisseaux pourraient alors participer à l’éradication des tumeurs.C’est un véritable espoir dans l’amélioration du traitement de certains cancers. Des chercheurs de l’institut de pharmacologie et de biologie structurale du CNRS sont parvenus à identifier des vaisseaux sanguins d’un genre un peu particulier à proximité des tumeurs. Connus sous le nom de HEV pour High Endothelial Veinul, ceux-ci sont en temps normal plutôt observés dans les ganglions lymphatiques, où ils constituent la porte d’entrée pour les lymphocytes arrivant par le sang. Ainsi, c’est la toute première fois que ces HEV sont repérés vers des masses cancéreuses. Pour faire une telle découverte, les chercheurs sont en fait partis sur l’idée des “lymphocytes tueurs”. En effet, il existe dans l’organisme, une catégorie de globules blancs capables de détecter et de détruire les cellules cancéreuses. Cependant, bien que le procédé s’avère efficace, éradiquer totalement la maladie nécessite des millions de globules tueurs au contact des tumeurs. Les scientifiques du CNRS ont donc décidé d’étudier le mécanisme d’intervention des ces lymphocytes tueurs, et plus précisément la manière donc ceux-ci parvenaient à pénétrer dans les tumeurs.Des vaisseaux sanguins où cheminent ces lymphocytes Ainsi, ils ont suivi près de 150 patientes souffrant d’un cancer du sein chez qui ils ont étudié les tumeurs et les vaisseaux sanguins. C’est alors qu’ils ont découvert les fameux HEV à la périphérie des masses cancéreuses et constaté que la présence d’un grand nombre de lymphocytes tueurs dans les tumeurs du sein était justement liée à celle d’un grand nombre de ces vaisseaux, explique le communiqué du CNRS. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Dotés de parois tapissées de cellules rondes, les HEV faciliteraient ainsi l’accès des lymphocytes tueurs aux tumeurs. Mieux encore :”quand il y a beaucoup de ces vaisseaux HEV dans une tumeur, la probabilité de guérison des patientes est augmentée. C’est toujours de bon pronostic”, explique Jean-Philippe Girard, directeur de l’équipe de recherche. Des travaux à confirmer et élargir Désormais, la prochaine étape de ces recherches consiste donc à confirmer ces résultats sur de plus grands groupes de patientes et étudier l’influence des vaisseaux HEV sur la réponse aux thérapeutiques couramment utilisées dans le traitement du cancer du sein. Par ailleurs, des tests sont également en cours pour les mélanomes, le cancer du colon, ainsi que le cancer de l’ovaire, moins fréquent. Si les résultats s’avèrent à nouveau concluants, l’objectif à plus long terme viserait alors à “augmenter la quantité de ces vaisseaux dans les tumeurs ou sinon à les y faire apparaître, en transformant les vaisseaux nourriciers des tumeurs, afin de permettre un recrutement massif de lymphocytes tueurs pour éradiquer les cellules cancéreuses “, explique Jean-Philippe Girard cité par l’AFP.Le 18 août 2011 à 17:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Investigation underway after officerinvolved crash in North MiamiDade

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation is underway after an officer was involved in a crash in North Miami-Dade.Florida Highway Patrol officials responded to the scene on Florida’s Turnpike southbound lanes near the Golden Glades Interchange just after 7 a.m., Tuesday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a Bal Harbour Police officer’s SUV could be seen behind a car with heavy rear-end damage.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also responded to the scene to evaluate all victims involved.FHP is investigating the crash. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmingtons RMLD Rates To Increase 0524 Effective July 1

first_imgREADING, MA — At its regular Board meeting held on Thursday, May 9, 2018, Reading Municipal Light Department’s Board of Commissioners voted 4-0-1 to increase rates effective July 1, 2018. Specific rate increases depend on rate class and usage, and are estimated to be 0.5-2.4%.Last year, RMLD performed a formal cost of service study as part of its rate setting process. One of the main objectives resulting from the study was to adjust subsidies between and within classes of customers to reflect the true cost of providing service, and to phase these adjustments in over a five-year period to minimize impact on customers. The current rate increases consist of a nominal base rate increase across the rate classes, plus adjustments for only some of the rate classes for said subsidies. The process to adjust rates to reflect cost of service began in 2017 and will continue through 2021.Rate adjustments for medium sized customers are estimated at 1.75% for municipal, commercial, and industrial customers, 2.1% for schools, 2.3% for residential customers, 1.9% for industrial time-of-use customers, and 1.8% for residential time-of-use customers.Residential customers using an average of 750 kilowatt hours (kWh) monthly are expected to see an increase of approximately $2.82/month. Monthly increases will vary based on the amount of electricity used.“Other than said subsidies, the base rate portion of the increases are primarily due to wholesale purchased power costs. While capacity costs have begun to level out for now, transmission costs continue to increase in the Northeastern Massachusetts wholesale energy market,” said Coleen O’Brien, General Manager of RMLD. “RMLD continues to address these costs through our Shred the Peak educational program as well as our Solar Choice program, which provides a minor offset to wholesale electricity needs. RMLD is also planning the installation of a battery storage unit to be co-located at an RMLD substation with our new peak shaving generator. Both units will be used during expensive peak demand times to reduce the amount of power purchased from the wholesale market. Declining electricity sales and needed improvements to RMLD’s system are also a factor in the rate increases.”RMLD’s Shred the Peak educational program, which launched in 2016, seeks to address rising wholesale capacity and transmission costs through customer education. These costs are set based on how much electricity RMLD’s system uses during expensive peak times when demand for electricity is at its highest. RMLD’s system has an annual peak, which typically occurs on a hot weekday afternoon from June to August between the hours of 2pm and 7pm, and monthly peaks. RMLD’s Shred the Peak program seeks to educate customers about how peak demand impacts future costs, and encourages customers to conserve electricity when peak demand is predicted. RMLD communicates peak demand predictions through Shred the Peak Alerts sent out via email and Twitter. Shred the Peak Alerts are issued multiple times to ensure the monthly and annual peaks are captured. To learn more about RMLD’s Shred the Peak initiative and how to conserve electricity, please visit offers a number of programs to its customers to offset the cost of electricity including ENERGY STAR® Certified Appliance Rebates, Electric Vehicle Charger Rebates, Renewable Energy Rebates (including solar), a Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, a no-cost home energy assessment for residential customers, savings of up to 50% off the retail price on an assortment of ENERGY STAR® certified LED light bulbs and advanced power strips through RMLD’s online store for residential customers, a time-of-use rate, a prompt payment discount, and more.RMLD continues to have competitive electric rates along with a proven record for reliability. Reading Municipal Light Department serves Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center and is locally owned and operated.For more information or to learn about RMLD’s Shred the Peak initiative and various rebate programs, please visit or contact us at 781-942-6598.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Rates To Increase 3.5% To 7.7% Effective July 1In “Government”RMLD Rates To Increase Approximately 5%-7% On July 1In “Government”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

Bigg Boss Telugu 3 week 2 elimination Vithika Sheru voted for eviction

first_imgBigg Boss Telugu 3Screenshot of hotstar videoAmong the eight contestants nominated for the eviction, Varun Sandesh’s wife Vithika Sheru has been voted to be eliminated from the house of Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Bigg Boss Telugu 3, according to the International Business Times, India, poll surveyEight contestants – Sreemukhi, Himaja, Vithika Sheru, Rahul Sipligunj, Mahesh Vitta, Jaffar Babu, Varun Sandesh and Punarnavi Bhupalam – were nominated for the elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the second week. All the viewers are eagerly waiting to know if their favourite housemate is safe.Akkineni Nagarjuna appeared on Bigg Boss Telugu 3 on Saturday and interacted with all the housemates. The host announced that Himaja, Vithika Sheru, Rahul Sipligunj, Mahesh Vitta and Sreemukhi are safe from the elimination. Jaffar, Varun Sandesh, Vithika Sheru, Punarnavi are still in danger zone and one of them will walk out of the house on Sunday.IBTimes India conducted a survey to find out which of these eight housemates could be eliminated. We have received tremendous response for our poll with thousands of people casting their vote. The vote shares are as following:Rahul Sipligunj, Himaja Reddy, Mahesh Vitta and Sreemukhi, who are already in safe zone, have secured 7.67, 10, 15.59 and 17.89 per cent of vote share in IBTimes India survey. Among the remaining four, Punarnavi and Varun Sandesh have got 8.78 and 9.46 percent of the total votes and they are sixth and seventh options, respectively for elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3. IBTimes India survey resultsAccording to our poll, Vithika Sheru and Jaffar Babu are the first and fourth options for the elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 with a vote share of 18.40 and 12.21, respectively. As per our survey, Sreemukhi and Mahesh Vitta were the second and third options for the eviction, but they are already safe from the elimination.Our poll shows that Jaffar Babu is the fourth option for many viewers for the elimination and he is likely to be made safe inside the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Vithika Sheru, who has been in news for her fights inside the house, is like to be shown doors by Akkineni Nagarjuna in the Sunday episode.last_img read more

Candy Crush Saga Cupids Challenge Compete Against Each Other

first_img Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG GenreMobile Gaming Giant King Goes High Fashion Stay on target Valentine’s Day (aka #Galentine’s Day) may be over, but Candy Crush Saga players can still celebrate the romantically themed holiday with a special event. Just like last weekend, players of the ever-popular mobile game can compete against one another and earn in-game rewards.“The qualifier event will see players help Dexter the Whale, dressed as Cupid, collect 10 Striped Candies to win a Lollipop Hammer and be automatically entered into the second round – the leader board,” says the press released. “In the leader board round, players are matched with 30 other players (at random) where they compete against each other to be placed in first, second and third position. The top 3 players will win rewards including Color Bombs, a Free Switch, and Unlimited Lives.”The second challenge started today at 4 am Eastern. It will continue until 4 am on Tuesday the 21st. The first place winner will get one Color Bomb, one Hammer, one Free Switch, one Striped/Wrapped Candy, and six hours of unlimited lives. The second place winner will get one Color Bomb, one Hammer, one Free Switch, and two hours of unlimited lives. Finally, the third place winner will get one Color Bomb, one Hammer, and two hours of unlimited lives.If you think you have what it takes to make it into the top three in Cupid’s Challenge, then open up Candy Crush Saga on your Android or iOS device and give it a shot. You have until Tuesday so it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on the old Candy Crush Saga skills and try to win some nice in-game prizes.last_img read more

The legend of Krishna

first_imgThe play Krishna staged at Kamani Auditorium during Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s annual cultural performances leaves the audience spell bound and inspired.Lord Krishna, the one with many avatars, sometimes he is looked upon as the mischevious son of Yashoda, at times love of Radha, lord of Meera and usually as the lord of wisdom imparting knowledge to Arjun on the battlefields of Kurukshetra.His legend has enthralled humanity for over three thousand years and carries with it pearls of wisdom, that enjoy as much ancient, traditional relevance as a contemporary context and in that sense retain a timeless appeal for as long as humans and their emotions exist. All these avatars of Krishna came alive on stage on stage at the Kamani Auditorium during Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 36 edition of annual cultural performances, Krishna. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The thoroughly researched production presents the adorable maakhan chor and beloved of Radha on one hand and on the other, the invincible omnipotent Krishna, who commands with wisdom, dignity and infallible strength the flow of events in history. This drama narration directed by Shobha Singh beautifully depicts the journey of Krishna from early childhood’s youthful antics, to the centre stage of human reverence.On one side, the part of the narration where Krishna is portrayed as the notorious son made the audience dwell on the image while later when he enunciates the wisdom of the revered Bhagwad Gita, delivering practical solutions rather than pursuing blind faith dictating right and wrong inspires the audience.All facets of Krishna’s persona are treated with creative sensitivity, lending a mesmeric dynamism to the production. The showcase of violence and eventual emergence of harmony, despite all odds emerges hope for eventual peace, despite apparent chaos in the present.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim Ujjal Biswas visit Baruipur correctional home

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, along with state Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas, visited the premises of the correctional home in Baruipur to inspect the progress of work. The state government has plans to shift the Alipore Central Correctional Home to Baruipur.”We are in the last phase of work for the interior of the prison. It will have the capacity to house as many as 4,000 inmates. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has to do some work pertaining to the infrastructure for the prison like roads, drinking water and sewerage. We are hopeful that the shift will be effective by this year,” said Biswas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources in KMDA, some work inside the prison needs to be completed on the part of KMDA, for which truckloads of construction material is going inside the premises along the road leading to the prison. “We will have to spruce up this road network which can be done only when such heavy goods vehicles stop plying. As soon as the Correctional Administration (CA) department gives us the green signal regarding this, we will build the road infrastructure which will take less than two weeks,” a senior official of KMDA said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKMDA has already completed the work for drinking water supply inside the prison. “We have informed the CA department that we are ready to do the trial for this purpose whenever they want,” the official added. For the drainage facilities, the height of the compound in the interior of the prison needs to be elevated for the water to drain out. “We have informed the CA department to take steps to do the needful,” the KMDA official said. The Correctional Administration department has plans to shift around 700 prisoners in the first phase and gradually move forward. The present accommodation capacity in Alipore Central Correctional Home is 1,900. But there are above 2,200 inmates at present. In the correctional home, there are many cells which are of immense historical importance and according to an official of the correctional home, those are now heritage sites. There are around 30 heritage cells. There is a single-storeyed building in which Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned by the British for three to four months in 1934. There is another two-storeyed heritage building with ten lockups in each floor, where freedom fighters including Chittaranjan Das, Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, Bidhan Chandra Roy and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were imprisoned in the 1930s.last_img read more

Reaching out to a wider audience

first_imgTo maintain the importance and to spread awareness about a folk form, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a publication and a set of DVDs providing a rich and spectacular repository of information on ‘Bhand Pather’, the celebrated folk theatre form Kashmir, at IGNCA in the national Capital. The publication titled, ‘An Illustrated Monograph of Bhand Pather, the Folk Theatre of Kashmir’, celebrates the Bhand folk theatre, which is among the five theatre forms mentioned in Bharatamuni’s Natyashastra.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The DVD contains 50 minutes of select portions of the Bhand Pather plays performed by Bhand Troupe from Kashmir. In Bhand Pather stories recalling the lives of sages or some contemporary real or fictional figures are enacted out. The storylines (or pathers) are often satirical, and farce is an essential component of these plays. In addition, the minister also released a set of four DVDs, containing four plays of Surabhi Theatre, namely Sri Krishnaleelalu, Bhakta Prahlad, Balanagamma and Maya Bazaar. Surabhi is the oldest institution of Family Theatre flourishing in Andhra Pradesh for the last 130 years.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“It is more important today to dwell on the heritage (virasat) that we will leave behind for the next generation rather than merely boasting of what we inherited,” observed Dr Sharma, while releasing the publication and DVDs.The minister also spoke of the vast and thoughtful mandate of the IGNCA and emphasised on the need to take its work to more and more people across the country. “There is a need to increase the outreach of the Centre, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee three years ago,” he noted.Those present on the occasion included Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture; and the other IGNCA Trustees — Dr  Sonal Mansingh, Dr Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Nitin Chandrakant Desai, Dr K Arvinda Rao, Vasudeo Kamath, Dr Bharat Gupt, Dr M Seshan, Rathi Vinay Jha, Prof Nirmala Sharma, Dr Padma Subrahmanyam, Dr Saryu Doshi, Prasoon Joshi, Daya Prakash Sinha and Birad Rajaram Yajnik.last_img read more

Online report system reveals malpractices at Calcutta Medical College Hospital

first_imgKolkata: Until a few months ago, the pathology department of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital use to get around 800 blood samples a day. However, after an online system of blood report collection was introduced at the hospital, the number of samples reduced to around 300.It was found that several unauthorised persons from private pathological centres had been submitting blood samples at the medical college to get the tests done at no cost. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to a source, before the online system was introduced around 800 blood samples were deposited at the pathology department of the hospital. Under this system, the patient or his family members had to fill up a requisition form issued by the pathology department of the hospital. The patient party used to get two copies of the filled up requisition form and a date was issued by authorities for blood collection. On the day of collection, the hospital authorities use to take one copy from the patient and wrap it around the sample container. After the examination process was completed, the patient used to get the report from the pathology department by submitting the other copy to the pathology department. Some persons from a few private pathological centres around the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital were using these forms to get blood reports of their patients from the pathology department of the medical college and hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey used the findings of the reports, provided by the pathology department of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, to come up with their own reports. These pathological centres charged a good amount of money to hand over these reports to their patients. Superintendent of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital Indranil Biswas said the hospital authority used to get several complaints of missing reports and there were allegations that people working with private pathology centres were using the pathology department of the medical college and hospital to conduct tests for their patients. “After the online system was introduced, the requisition form was obsolete. Now, the registration number of the patient, which is printed on the outdoor ticket, is the only identification,” said Biswas. A source said after the online system was introduced, the number of sample deposit has come down to around 300 a day. It is alleged that a section of staff of the medical college and hospital were involved in corruption.last_img read more

Virgin Australia seeks Air Berlin codeshare extension

first_imgSeeking further codeshare on flights on the Thailand route. Virgin Australia has applied for an extension to its codeshare agreement with Air Berlin on commercial services between Perth and Phuket.According to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) application, Virgin Australia has requested permission for Air Berlin to add is code on Virgin Australia flights on the Thailand route.The IASC has invited submissions about the application, with a closing date for notice of intention close of business 22 May 2013 and applications due by close of business 29 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that i

first_imgMandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it has signed a management contract to manage, and ultimately brand, a 310-room hotel currently operating in Santiago, Chile.The group will take over management of the property from August 2017, and rename it Hotel Santiago. Following an extensive guestroom and public area renovation, the first stage of which is scheduled to complete in August 2018, the hotel will be re-branded Mandarin Oriental, Santiago. This will be the group’s first property in South America.Hotel Santiago is located in the heart of the city’s most important commerce and leisure district, known as Las Condes, home to two luxury shopping malls, restaurants, museums and theatres. It is also close to the exclusive residential neighbourhood of Vitacura. The property is owned by Hotel Corporation of Chile (HCC).The property comprises 310 guestrooms including 23 suites with commanding views of the city and the Andes. Its 25,000sqm grounds contain a large free-form outdoor pool and landscaped gardens which provide a resort environment for guests. The hotel currently features five restaurants and bars as well as extensive banqueting and meeting space. Additional facilities include a spa and fitness centre. Hotel Santiago will continue to operate throughout the first phase of the renovation which will reposition the property as a Mandarin Oriental hotel from August 2018. The new luxury accommodation, public areas and landscaped gardens will be redesigned to reflect local culture, with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage.“We are delighted to be introducing the Mandarin Oriental brand to South America and to be bringing the Group’s legendary service to Santiago,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “We look forward to collaborating with HCC in transforming the hotel into the city’s most exclusive luxury property,” he added.The group’s expertise in design, award-winning restaurants and spas will contribute to the overall renovation, which includes a future second phase covering the spa, food and beverage facilities and banqueting space. This will commence in late 2018. Santiago is served by Comodoro Arturo Benitez international airport, 25 kilometres from the hotel, a key hub within Latin America with extensive connections to the US and Europe.“We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create the most elegant and sophisticated hotel in Santiago. Following our extensive renovation, we are confident that we will offer the best in luxury hospitality in the city. We look forward to introducing visitors to the exceptional service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned,” said Andreas Nauheimer, General Manager of HCC.last_img read more

Doctors demand an apology from health minister

first_imgState and private doctors on Thursday demanded an apology from Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis over a twitter comment where he described physicians as ‘filth’.Pamboridis replied that he has nothing but respect for doctors who honour their oath. However, his aim was not to be liked but to serve Cypriot patients and see the implementation of the National Health Scheme (Gesy), he said.State and private doctors Thursday gave a joint news conference to defend themselves against criticism by Pamboridis as to the sorry state of public hospitals their indignation over attacks by the minister.The island’s medical world decided to speak up following a statement by Pamboridis earlier in the week that he was shocked by the refusal of state doctors to help out when they were asked to work in the Nicosia general hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) which is understaffed.The fact that Pamboridis on Wednesday revealed that the ‘political Judas’ he referred to last June in a tweet who had allegedly tried to sabotage a vote by the House plenum on the Gesy bills was in fact the head of the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA), Petros Agathangelou, did not help.To top that, in another tweet, the outspoken minister who is a lawyer, described the doctors as ‘filth’.In reply to another tweet on Tuesday, Pamboridis said: “I thought lawyers were filth.  We are boy scouts compared to doctors”.This turned the press conference scheduled by doctors to set the record straight as regards the situation in the ICU into an attack against Pamboridis.There, Agathangelou, said that the efforts of the medical world to contribute to health reform through their suggestions, had been misinterpreted by Pamboridis.The minister’s unsubstantiated and false statements, Agathangelou said, exposed all Cypriot physicians. “We believe that such attitudes are not only unethical, unfortunate and untimely, but they are aimed at harming the public image of the leadership of the CyMA, the members of medicine, our professional family, and manipulate public opinion”.Doctors maintain that Pamboridis keeps blaming them for the problems faced by state hospitals, and that he excludes them from decision making concerning the public health sector. They also blamed the ministry for introducing “frivolous” tactics in its effort to address the problems faced by state hospitals.While the medical world, Agathangelou said, is sending out the message that its mission is to ensure the true upgrade of health services, “what we have witnessed instead, is confrontation through social networking”.Pamboridis’ behaviour, he said, was “offensive, provocative, and has exceeded every limit of tolerance”.  “Cyprus’ medical community demands an apology from the minister,” Agathangelou said.Agathangelou, who dismissed the minister’s claims that he was trying to sabotage the Gesy, said that those in the health sector favour the implementation of a “properly designed and structured” Gesy based on “rational” hospital autonomy.Later in the day, Pamboridis said that everyone who knows him, know how he respects his fellow lawyers, and that it is also well-known that his father was a doctor and his mother a midwife and that he was raised in a clinic that “served for many years Cypriot patients”.“My respect to the ordinary health care providers is unlimited and given. I have met in my life scores of doctors who honour the Hippocratic Oath every minute of their lives and I have only appreciation and respect for all of them,” he said.He said that he never despised health care practitioners, and expressed his regret if some have been offended by his comments.To those who find his attitude annoying however, he said: “this is who I am and besides, I don’t think that the attitude of a minister is important, but rather the work he produces”.“Let me be judged for my work. My only goal is to serve the Cypriot citizen and benefit my country. My only concern is the Cypriot patient and the implementation of Gesy,” he said.Those who have the same goals, he said, will find an ally in him. You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Prostate small gland big problem

first_imgBy Clive TurnerThere are around 50,000 men in Cyprus aged between 50 and 60 (according to the 2011 census) and a sizeable percentage of those will be expat retirees. And of those a sizeable percentage again will be bothered with prostate problems – not all of them cancerous but nevertheless worrying and disturbing and of a nature truly unwise to ignore.The trouble with prostates is that they are out of sight, out of mind, and easy to push out of one’s consciousness – most of the time. But, gentlemen, if pushed aside for too long, prostate worries can become serious and indeed become killers. It is notable that some 1 in 8 men experience prostate cancer in their lifetimes, making it the third most common male cancer after lung and bowel.Around 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 and older. At least it is rare before 40, with the average age of diagnosis being 66. Worldwide, in 2012 there were1.1 million cases diagnosed – with 307,000 deaths, while in the UK, some six per cent of all male deaths were from prostate cancer.That said, following successful prostate cancer treatment, the survival rate after five years is 99%; after 10 years 98%; and after 15 years 96%; which statistics indicate not bad odds.However, even if cancer does not invade, the gland enlarges as a man ages, which can reduce or block the flow of urine – and this can be a medical emergency. Or you could suffer from prostatitis, a sometimes painful inflammation of the prostate.One of the disappointing, if not tragic, issues is that men do not like to talk about – or even think about – ‘down there’. Unlike women, who openly discuss breast cancer and have little concern about any embarrassment, a man will prefer to hide away his concerns and hope it will go away. But it won’t and the longer it is left, the less likely it is that a cure will be possible. Yet cures are not only possible but increasingly so, providing the issue is tackled early on. And that is key.Tackling the matter means undergoing a simple blood test annually, this being called a specific antigen (PSA) test. This test is not infallible and there can be, and are, false results, but it is currently the best indicator we have, taken together with a brief and painless rectal examination. And there are other (more intrusive) investigations, where thought necessary, called biopsies.The current pros and cons of prostate cancer screening are not hidden away – and this recent research from major medical institutions is readily available – and a urologist should be in possession of all the latest facts and considerations. Examinations can include bone scans, CT scans and MRI scans, so there is plenty of opportunity for thorough analysis. There is a cancer grading system and also a measurement termed the Gleason Score which helps your specialist to decide what treatment to offer.There are several advisory options to consider – from so called ‘watchful waiting’ to different surgeries that have their advantages and disadvantages and suitabilities for a given patient. And apart from surgery, there are radiation techniques which today are really powerful and effective in certain cases. There are hormone treatments, cryotherapy (the controlled freezing of the prostate), chemotherapy, cancer vaccines and immunotherapy and high intensity focused ultrasound – all of which have their place depending upon the exact medical situation, condition of the patient and progress of the cancer.Additionally, along with the new improvements in diagnosis, there are some very recent curative discoveries and medicines being tested which initially appear promising and highly effective.But then again, cancer may not be indicated at all and something called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) could simply be the problem, and this is no more than an enlarged prostate. In fact, 90 per cent of men in their 80s have BHP. So this is really extremely common and is easily treated. Or, your problem may be prostatitis – a non-cancerous condition that often has no identifiable cause and again, treatment is swift and easily available.But whatever the problem and extent of it, leaving it to worry you, inconvenience you with frequent runs to the loo, or ignoring it as no more than a nuisance, could be foolish and perhaps fatal.Still, it has to be said that post-prostate cancer treatment, even when successful in terms of clearing the cancer, is what terrifies many men because they read and hear that the price of clearance is so often the loss of erectile function. Now although there are several drugs available like Viagra and Cialis which can offset this condition, too many men will not take the risk of losing such a function and consequently lose their lives instead!One of the unfortunate facts is that prostate cancer is too often a condition which runs through families and given, say, a father who has suffered, his son(s) may be at increased risk.Anyway, instead of quietly laughing it off and putting up with getting up too often in the night, or trying to find a loo quickly when away from familiar locations, do yourself a favour; have annual PSA tests, and if the figures creep up over what your doctor considers normal readings, do something positive and see what might be wrong…It must be admitted that even when one’s doctor pronounces you clear, prostate cancer can return if a minute bit of diseased tissue is missed or another unfortunate and unpredictable situation arises. As with almost all cancers, clearance is only permanent in 99 per cent of cases. There is no guarantee you will not be within that one per cent. But isn’t that statistic more comfortably handled than the near certainty of a life lost because of ignorance, fear or embarrassment?You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more