TORONTO – Canada’s most populous city has an exotic animal problem.Staff with the City of Toronto admit that a bylaw on prohibited animals contains loopholes allowing so-called mobile zoos — which take animals around for events ranging from birthday parties to church picnics — to flourish with little oversight, raising concerns about animal welfare and human health.To deal with the issue, the city has launched a wide-ranging consultation on prohibited animals that involves an online survey for the public, as well as meetings with exotic animal businesses and animal welfare groups to address the “significant rise” in mobile zoos.Toronto already has an extensive list of banned animals, such as monkeys, tigers and alligators, and owning one could result in a $240 fine. But the city admits there are weaknesses in the rules, particularly when it comes to mobile zoos.“We don’t know who’s bringing animals into the city, what kind of animals they’re bringing into the city and where they’re using these animals and how they’re using these animals,” said Elizabeth Glibbery, manager of the city’s animal services department. “We have no idea at this time.”An investigation by The Canadian Press last fall found that mobile zoos working with exotics — wild animals taken from their natural habitat or bred in captivity and not native to the country — appear to be on the rise in Canada, with industry watchers blaming a patchwork of outdated and inconsistent laws and bylaws for the trend.Some experts have said exposure to disease through mobile animal businesses is a concern since many exotics harbour contagions that do them no harm but can put humans at serious risk. Animals who are not adapted to endure significant human contact may also lash out in unexpected ways.Data on mobile zoos is hard to come by. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, for instance, had indicated late last year it only had five such mobile zoos registered in the province, but a list compiled from industry watchdog Zoocheck shows nearly 70 have popped up in the Greater Toronto Area over the past few years.In Toronto, a prohibited animal bylaw granted mobile zoos an exemption to the rule if they were accredited by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums, the self-regulating industry group for which members pay dues, and were located in an industrial zone.Last December, an amendment to the bylaw got rid of that exemption, but grandfathered in companies already operating in the city.At the same time, city council also tried to get rid of another part of the bylaw that allowed exotic animals to be taken anywhere in the city as part of an educational program.It was at that point that about two dozen operations contacted the city to complain they weren’t consulted, Glibbery said.“We didn’t realize how many businesses this would affect,” Glibbery said, adding 26 business that deal with exotic animals were scheduled to sit down with the city in the coming weeks.Now it seems everything is on the table, Glibbery said, from ridding the city of mobile zoos entirely to changing Toronto’s list of prohibited animals, including the possibility of moving to a “positive” list — a list of animals people can own, as opposed to those they can’t.It has taken years for the loopholes in Toronto’s prohibited animal bylaw to be addressed, with city staff citing the backlog of work at the licensing and standards department for the slow progress. The exceptions to the rules may well have remained in the dark were it not for a now-infamous flamingo.In 2013, Coun. Paula Fletcher said she heard complaints about a kangaroo being walked on a leash in her ward.Incredulous, she started researching and discovered Hands On Exotics, a Toronto-based company that describes itself as an animal shelter specializing in exotics. It runs what it calls education programs for schools, community centres and private events, like birthday parties, where animals are taken to meet the public.Fletcher found that Hands On Exotics was operating in her ward and owned the kangaroo she had seen, along with many other animals on the prohibited list. She decided to visit the organization to learn more.“I looked in their window and saw a flamingo in this large room standing on one foot in an aluminum pie tin in small amount of water,” Fletcher said in an interview. “I felt terribly sorry for that flamingo and it spurred me on. We have to get a proper bylaw to protect these exotic animals from being exploited in this city.”Hands On Exotics said the flamingo had access to plenty of water and emphatically denied what Fletcher said she saw.Seth Falk, the owner of the company, said his business treats animals well and is inspected regularly by the OSPCA.“For us, most of our shows are with special needs people and seniors and those who can’t go to the zoo,” he said. “Education with animals isn’t going to be done in the same manner in every facility.”But Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker, who is leading a push to rid the city of mobile zoos, scoffed at that explanation.“Nobody is really educated, they’re just entertained with some novelty items and it’s totally unnecessary,” he said, highlighting the case of the infamous flamingo.“If a family tells me they want to buy a flamingo, or have a flamingo come for a visit, well I’m sorry, you cannot buy a flamingo or hang out with a flamingo in your home, you must be crazy.”Flamingos, incidentally, are not currently on Toronto’s prohibited animals list.After its public consultations, the city’s licensing and standards bureau will draft a report on prohibited animals in the city that will make its way through committee and council meetings.
October 17, 2019
October 8, 2019
He said there were allegations that Patmanaban has since been detained by British authorities for having links with terrorists and for money laundering.“There are numerous claims, allegations and queries about the fund. We can’t possibly answer for Ramasamy.“As a responsible party deputy secretary-general and state deputy chairman, Ramasamy must come clean on the issue to safeguard party interests. “The public wants to know if the money reached the Tamil war victims of Sri Lanka,” he told the Malaysian website Free Malaysia Today.He said rumors were circulating that the money had been deposited to a personal account of a London-based Sri Lankan called Patmanaban. Ramasamy in a news report in 2009, said the campaign was endorsed by the state government.“This campaign is being launched on humanitarian grounds and is not racially-motivated,” he said.Efforts to reach Ramasamy today for comments were futile as he did not reply to calls and text messages.DAP Penang chairman Chow Kon Yeow has claimed that he knew very little of the details of the fund, except that “it had been sent out.” Malaysia’s Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy has been asked to clarify where the money collected under the Sri Lanka Tamil War Victims Relief Fund in 2009 has gone, the Malaysian media reported today.G Asoghan, chairman of the Jalan Bagan Luar branch, said Ramasamy must explain what happened to the estimated RM73,000 collected from mainly Malaysian Indians for the fund. Due to his branch’s involvement in the initial stage, Asoghan said many contributors have been questioning him on the status of the funds collected. “This is not a small matter and he can’t go on being quiet. He’s got to clear the air once and for all to prevent DAP from being accused of sponsoring terrorists and terrorism,” said Asoghan. He said his branch was indirectly involved in the issue as it organised the first meeting of the relief fund committee presided by Ramasamy. Several contributors are contemplating lodging reports with the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the issue if Ramasamy fails to explain publicly soon.Asoghan said he had openly called on Ramasamy to “clear the air” only after failing to obtain replies from the party leadership.Penang DAP launched its Sri Lankan Tamils Relief Fund to help ethnic Tamil civilians injured in the fighting between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.
September 25, 2019
In his own inimitable manner, Henry Blofeld once summed up the mounting tension at the Oval cricket ground by claiming fans were so quiet as a bowler delivered that “you can hear the creak of the gasometer”. But under controversial plans now given the green light, the Grade II listed structure is to be dismantled and rebuilt with a modern block of flats tucked inside its frame. Credit: Lambeth Council Cricketing… For more than a century, that iconic towering skeletal frame that looms over the pitch has been synonymous with Test match cricket. Mr Blofeld, the 78-year-old retired cricket commentator, said the planned changes to the cricketing world’s most famous skyline is a “tremendous pity” that will see him “shed a tear”. Architects impression of the apartments inside the gasholder on Kennington Lane, South London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
September 24, 2019
Adelaide-based Southern Gold has not ruled out further exploration project acquisitions in Cambodia. Addressing the first day in Perth today of the 2007 Paydirt Asia Pacific DownUnder Conference, Southern Gold’s Managing Director, Stephen Biggins, said the Company had no intention of “sitting still” on its initial foray into Cambodia’s gold and base metals prospects. “We believe there will be a flood of new minerals investment into this region as Cambodia has a very welcoming government, the small local mining sector has had no previous exploration, it is politically stable and is showing all the signs of becoming a successful emerging South East Asian economy,” Biggins said.“We have built up a solid first mover tenement portfolio in Cambodia’s northeast over the past 18 months but the country hosts a large number of undrilled ore bodies that are literally ‘sticking out of the ground’. These prospects are in a region of virgin geology – rare globally – with no exploration other than small-scale artisinal workings. Southern Gold has used its early mover advantage to establish contacts and build networks in Cambodia.” “However, our sampling work to date shows that all of our eight tenements totalling 1,842 km2 of prospective terrain, exhibit high grade gold and base metals potential. Within this environment, we are keen to add to our assets whilst moving next quarter into our first drilling programs in Cambodia, on partially oxidised massive sulphide veins within the Snoul prospect.”Southern Gold recently increased its security of tenure to explore for gold in Cambodia after converting three of its 100%-owned Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) tenements, to granted Exploration and Exploitation Licences (EEL). EELs are valid for six years but must be renewed every two years during the term of the EEL.
September 20, 2019
Stay on target Having the right playlist or podcast can make a difference for your workouts. And, if you’re looking for a wearable that offers high-tech tracking and audio perks, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is the ultimate all-in-one GPS smartwatch.Our sister site PCMag.com says the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music provides advanced health stats, shows notifications from your smartphone, and comes with ample storage space your favorite audio and song files. At $247.94, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is around the same price point as other popular smartwatches, however, you can customize the type of listening experience you want for multiple types of physical activities, including running and strength training. The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is available to purchase on Amazon.com.Design-wise, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music comes in two color options: black with silver hardware (the buckle) and granite blue with rose gold. It has a sleek shape with a 1.2-inch diameter touch screen that makes it easy to swipe through settings and health stats. This GPS smartwatch’s battery life is also stellar: On a full charge, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music can last up to seven days in smartwatch mode and five hours using GPS and playing music via Bluetooth at the same time.Tracking variety is another key feature of the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music. Unlike other smartwatches, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music enables you to record more than 15 different kinds of workouts, including running, walking, indoor cycling, yoga, and rowing. If you’re headed for a long walk or run outside, the smartwatch’s built-in GPS will record your outdoor workouts. In addition to monitoring heart rate, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music gives insights on fitness age estimates, your VO2 Max, and stress levels. One downside though is that the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music doesn’t offer women’s health tracking.Need to step up your music options when you workout? The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is the ultimate audio companion for your sweat sessions. It can play audiobooks, podcasts, and your favorite beats via Bluetooth headphones. An additional 3.5GB of storage allows you to store up to 500 songs and if you’re into music streaming services like Deezer and iHeartRadio, you can connect and download playlists from them.For more specs on the Garmin Vivoactive 3, head over to PCMag.com for the full product review. And, if you’re looking for other fitness tracker options, check out our Geek Pick: Fossil Sport review and our Best Fitness Trackers for Tech Lovers roundup.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Fossil Sport Is a Stylish Smartwatch for Everyday UseGeek Pick: Sonos (Gen 2) Is a Sleek Smart Speaker for Tech LoversGeek Pick: Marshall Stanmore II Voice Is a Smart Speaker for Audiophiles Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
September 19, 2019
PORTLAND — A 20-year-old man from Oregon has filed lawsuits against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, alleging the two retailers discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle this week because of his age.Dick’s and Walmart restricted gun sales to people 21 and older in the wake of the Florida high school massacre. The 19-year-old accused in the school slaying legally bought the AR-15 used in the attack.The lawsuits, obtained by The Associated Press, are believed to be the first filed over the new gun policies enacted in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting in Florida.Oregon law allows residents to buy shotguns or rifles starting at 18.Tyler Watson’s lawsuits filed against the retailers in two separate counties claim he faced age discrimination from Dick’s and Walmart.The lawsuits in Jackson and Josephine counties both ask a judge to put a stop to the retailers’ new gun sale policies and award punitive damages because of the “willful nature of the discrimination.”Legal papers say a store owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods in Medford, Oregon, refused to sell Watson a .22-caliber Ruger rifle on Feb. 24. The suit says a Walmart in Grants Pass, Oregon, refused to sell him an unspecified type of rifle on March 3.
September 17, 2019
Arsenal youth academy coach Fredrik Ljungberg, explained the many ways in which Unai Emery has changed the club since he arrived.The whole process that Spanish manager Unai Emery has gone through is very interesting, nobody believed he was capable of making Arsenal great again but he has been proving himself further.One of the former players from that extinct ‘Invincibles’ squad is Swedish winger Fredrik Ljungberg, the former player who came back to the club of his life to teach the younger generations and today is helping the Spaniard produce several talented players that can change the club’s present.Playing under legendary manager Arsene Wenger for so long, gave Freddie the necessary experience to come back and transmit similar concepts to the young players who can help the Gunners improve later in their careers.The whole time that Unai Emery has been the Arsenal manager was good enough for everybody to realize that this Spaniard is actually a good bet for the club, the Gunners are one of the most competitive clubs in English football today and that is thanks to the work he has done so far.5. Freddie Ljungberg reveals how Unai Emery has transformed Arsenalhttps://t.co/I0VqX20h63 pic.twitter.com/p443byXZfD— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 17, 2018“There have certainly been some changes at the club since Arsene left,” said Freddie via The Mirror.“Unai is very calm, composed and extremely detailed in what he expects. From Monday through to Friday, every single training session is very carefully planned.”“There is always a thought process to what the players are doing and the players have to be open-minded. They need to know their roles and what is expected of them.”“We speak regularly – and always after every U-23 game – because he wants that connection and for the teams below to replicate what happens in the first team.”“That’s fine for me because our principles are quite similar about how the game should be played – players who can play out from the back and not feel uncomfortable in any situation on the field. It’s detailed, with lots of information, but the philosophy is simple.”“My job is to get as many players up into the first team as possible. He can take as many as he wants,” he continued.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The important thing is to make sure the boys are ready because he is a manager who believes in young players and what they can do.”“That has always been a feature of successful Arsenal teams. I want to provide players who can go up because they have the ability. But they will also have to know how to do the dirty stuff, at times, when they need to dig deep.”“The manager wants players who are ready to make their mark, but they have to be able to be part of a structure. That’s the way he is. He wants players who can express themselves, but within a discipline. He has come in with new ideas, with energy and he wants to make the club better,” he concluded.Arsenal news: Freddie Ljungberg reveals changes Unai Emery has made to training sessions https://t.co/8y1NgAlxpe pic.twitter.com/sB8zpJxrkl— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) November 18, 2018Arsenal’s immediate future is still bright, but the club has a couple of very difficult matches after the international break and will put all the concepts that Unai has taught the players to the test.If the Gunners get to win at Bournemouth next weekend and the Spurs beat Chelsea at Wembley as well, the next match will be an incredibly exciting North London Derby between both sides and the winner will certainly claim the fourth spot of the competition for now.Emery has really come a long way since he started the season, he has managed to convince everybody that he truly was the answer that everybody at Arsenal was looking for but there is still more than half a season to go through.For now, the Gunners are riding the wave and doing it in style thanks to Unai.“@bpwiley: “@Arsenal: It’s 16 years since @Freddie scored on his @Arsenal debut. pic.twitter.com/c3XLoTujkL” >>one of the best days of my life!— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) September 20, 2014Name the main differences between this new Unai Emery Arsenal and Arsene Wenger’s squad from last season. Please leave your opinion in the comment section down below.
September 17, 2019
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ashlie Rodriguez May 15, 2018 Suspected getaway driver in Mountain View Park double homicide pleads not guilty Ashlie Rodriguez, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The suspected getaway driver in the gang-related shooting deaths of two men at Mountain View Park in San Diego pleaded not guilty Tuesday to special circumstance murder charges that could lead to the death penalty if he’s convicted.Shannon Bryant, 29, was ordered held without bail in connection with the May 6 deaths of 33-year-old Tony Jackson and 37-year-old Robert Brown. Both were shot in the chest from close range about 1:20 p.m., police said.Earlier in the day, Jackson had been involved in a confrontation with a second suspect, 28-year-old Elliot Williams, on nearby Ocean View Boulevard, Deputy District Attorney Ted Fiorito said.Bryant and Williams met up and Bryant drove around the area four times before stopping at the park where the shootings occurred, according to the prosecutor.After the murders, Bryant sent a news article about the shootings to Williams and told him to delete it, Fiorito said.Ammunition found in Bryant’s residence was consistent with ammunition used in the murders of Jackson and Brown, the prosecutor said.Williams — the alleged shooter — was in custody on an unrelated matter when he was booked on suspicion of two counts of murder, felon in possession of ammunition and a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. His arraignment is scheduled Thursday. Posted: May 15, 2018
September 15, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Construction and facilities management organisation Mace hosted a wellbeing week for its 6,300 worldwide employees in November 2018, to help launch its annual engagement and wellbeing survey, as well as to align with its five-year health and wellbeing plan.Mace has employees operating in over 40 countries, with more than 300 UK-based construction projects.Spearheaded by 153 global employee wellbeing ambassadors, the wellbeing week ran during the week of 5 November 2018, in 50 sites across the majority of Mace’s operating countries, although some locations hosted the wellbeing week at a different time, in order to accommodate business priorities. The wellbeing ambassadors were given the responsibility of organising the wellbeing week activities, structured around a ‘five ways of wellbeing’ theme.Dr Judith Grant, director of health and wellbeing at Mace, said: “[We] really empowered [the wellbeing ambassadors] to come up with what works for them, because what works for us in London may be very different to what works for some of our teams in Dubai or Pakistan, and wellbeing will mean different things to different people. Using the ‘five ways to wellbeing‘ was a nice structure that everyone could understand and then set up what they wanted to do individually.”The five pillars involved in this theme are: give, take notice, be active, keep learning and connect. Based around these principles, the organisation recorded 350 different activities that were planned as part of the wellbeing week. Among others, these included volunteering opportunities, lunchtime walks, tea and talk sessions, attending art galleries, yoga classes, spinning sessions, high intensity interval training workouts, art classes and Spanish tutorials.Employees were also encouraged to network with each other while participating in activities, and many staff engaged using #MaceWellbeingWeek on social media.The wellbeing week corresponded with Mace’s wider five-year health and wellbeing plan, which will be a focus for the business until 2022. One pillar of this strategy is around creating wellbeing opportunities and raising awareness of the available support that can help employees with their health and wellness. This is where the wellbeing week fits into Mace’s broader wellbeing roadmap. “It has to be part of a wider health and wellbeing strategy,” Grant explained. “Wellbeing week was one element of a far wider organisational strategy to improve health and wellbeing.”The other pillars of Mace’s five-year plan include managing the health risks common in the construction industry, such as noise, dust and stress, becoming thought leaders and sharing best practice to champion health and wellness within the sector, developing healthy buildings to minimise health and wellbeing risks and looking at community wellbeing and sustainability, for example carbon emissions and sourcing resources responsibly.Mace further used its wellbeing week to launch its wellbeing and engagement survey, which this year generated a 68% response rate. The 2017 edition of the survey was used to inform and underpin the organisation’s health and wellbeing plan, so the 2018 survey was designed to track changes and developments, as well as to generate leading indicators that demonstrate the wellbeing of the business.The survey covered topics such as employee resilience, job satisfaction, engagement, and healthy behaviour habits and information; the latter category includes, for example, smoking, diet, hydration and exercise, sleep, psychological wellbeing and mental health, stress, working relationships, workloads and productivity.The 2018 survey was communicated to employees using a multi-pronged approach, comprising messages on the intranet, webinars with wellbeing ambassadors, emails, and briefing sessions with the HR team, health, safety and wellbeing team and the sustainability team, who would cascade information back to the business. The survey was also championed by the organisation’s chief executive officer and board members.The data from the 2018 survey is still being collated and will be fed back to both the group board and employees in February 2019.Grant concluded: “We recognise the wellbeing week on its own is not a wellbeing strategy. As part of a well-put-together health and wellbeing plan, it can, [however], be a really effective way of engaging with the business and encouraging people to engage with the wider wellbeing agenda.”
September 15, 2019
Almost three-fifths (59%) of female respondents experiencing menopausal symptoms, aged between 45 and 55, state that the menopause has had a negative impact on their experience at work, according to research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).The survey of 2,010 female employees between the ages of 45 and 55, including 1,409 who are experiencing menopausal symptoms, also found that, of the respondents affected by the menopause at work, 65% find they are less able to concentrate, 58% believe they experience more stress and 52% state that they are less patient with clients and peers.Rachel Suff, senior policy adviser at the CIPD, said: “It’s likely that nearly every workplace in the UK has someone experiencing the menopause right now, but many managers are in the dark on how best to support them.“Rather than it being a workplace taboo, line managers should be ready to treat the menopause like any other health condition and have open, supportive conversations with women in their teams.”Three in 10 (30%) say they have taken sick leave because of menopausal symptoms; however, 45% did not disclose this to their employer for privacy reasons, while 34% cite that embarrassment prevented them from revealing why they had to take time off. A further third (32%) did not disclose the reason for their sick leave due to having an unsupportive manager.Female respondents feel more supported by their colleagues (48%) when going through the menopause than by their manager (32%).Suff added: “Our guidance shows that if employers create a culture where everyone can talk openly about health issues, such as the menopause, women are much more likely to feel confident about asking for the support they need to be effective in their role.“Managers also need to work closely with their HR teams to understand what simple, practical adjustments can be made to help women feel more comfortable and able to manage their work.”
September 13, 2019
Bay County, Fla., could lose about $1.6 million when it sells an 8.4-acre parcel it purchased in 2010 to protect Naval Support Activity Panama City from encroachment unless a new appraisal results in a significantly higher value for the tract.Installation officials had requested federal funding to purchase the land but were unsuccessful in securing the money. In the face of a company’s plans to develop the site, which is located next to the support activity, the county stepped in and paid $2.9 million for the property, reported the Panama City News Herald.Local officials wanted to preserve the facility’s 3,100 civilian and military jobs and $400 million annual economic impact.Now the state has agreed to purchase the property, but it will pay no more than the appraised value, which last year was $1.3 million. The state Department of Environmental Protection is conducting a new appraisal.Former County Commissioner Mike Thomas said at a recent commission meeting the property is so important he would support giving it to the Navy, according to the story.“[Navy officials] don’t want residents around that [base],” Thomas said. “It was a good deal for the county when we [bought the property]” he said. “It was a good deal for the county now. And it will be a great deal for the Navy base if it follows through.”The Navy has been trying to acquire the parcel since 2001, John Skaggs, community planning and liaison officer for the base, told commissioners.Since the Navy’s failed attempt to purchase the parcel, “We’ve been working to try and secure that property any way we can with grants and the support community, and now through the state,” Skaggs said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
September 10, 2019
Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage See also Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 1:44 85 Photos Smart Home Networking 0 Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Tags CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019: What tech to expect CES Products D-Link D-Link D-Link has a new line-up of EXO routers incoming later this year. They check off all the buzzwords for routers these days, like “smart,” and “mesh.” No longer limited to D-Link’s Covr mesh Wi-Fi system, every new router or extender in the new EXO line will have mesh networking features, which make it easy to link multiple routers together to cover a large area with Wi-Fi service.Read more: Wi-Fi 6: Better, faster internet is coming this year — here’s everything you need to know The complete run-down of D-Link’s new Wi-Fi products and their pricing follows:AC3000 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $199.99AC2600 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $179.99AC1900 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $159.99AC1750 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $119.99AC1300 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $79.99AC2000 Mesh-Enabled Wi-Fi Extender, $99.99AC1300 Mesh-Enabled Wi-Fi Extender, $79.99In addition to the mesh networking, each device also includes two years of McAfee anti-virus coverage for a computer on your network. D-Link says you can expect to see the new EXO routers hit the market in Q2 this year.
September 9, 2019
The Alaska State Troopers have identified the bodies of two people found near the Denali Highway on Sunday after what they believe to be a double homicide.Troopers say that sixty-one-year-old Richard A. Casler and 42-year-old Lynn M. Butler, both of Wasilla, died of gunshot wounds inside their trailer near mile seventy-nine of the highway from Paxson to Cantwell.The investigation into Casler and Butler’s disappearance began last Friday night. According to the Alaska State Troopers, both were reported missing from the area where they were camping. Responding troopers found what they believed to be evidence of an altercation involving gunfire in the area of the trailer Casler and Butler were staying in. A ground and air search was conducted, and, on Sunday, noises were heard coming from what the dispatch report describes as a “dilapidated” trailer in the area around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.Attempts were made to communicate with anyone who might be inside, but no one responded. Troopers called in two special emergency reaction teams, then entered trailer and discovered Casler and Butler’s remains. Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says that the source of the noises heard on the scene has not been identified, and that an estimate of the time between the noises and troopers’ entry into the trailer is not currently available.The Alaska State Troopers are still investigating the incident, and are asking anyone who spent the Fourth of July weekend in the area to call (907) 451-5100.
September 3, 2019
Every year about 300,000 children are born in the country through surgery, though they could have been delivered normally.Out of 3.48 million children born annually, surgery is applied for the birth of some 800,000 children a year, according to official statistics.Also, public healthcare experts say, antibiotics are needlessly being prescribed and patients are being admitted to hospitals in cases where admission is not required. The patients are being asked to take tests that are unnecessary.However, there is no institution in the country to monitor this, the experts regret.The UK-based medical journal Lancet says such unnecessary tests harm the physical and mental wellbeing of a person. It not only increases the patients’ medical expenses, but also causes misuse of money injected in the health sector. The journal on 8 June published four articles on the misuse of medical services.The articles suggest there are no palpable specifics on such manipulation of medical services. There have been some research in developing countries on this, and studies show this exists in low income countries as well.Unnecessary surgery during childbirthAs per the World Health Organisation (WHO), 10-15 per cent deliveries in a country may be complicated and might need surgeries.A survey in 2004 showed that around 5 per cent babies born needed surgeries. In 2007, the percentage increased to 9, and in 2011 it stood at 17 per cent.Still, the government has turned a blind eye to the problem and in 2014 around 23 per cent babies were born through surgery.Three years later, in 2017, the situation has probably worsened further, the experts suspect.As many as 800,000 children are being born every year through surgery, Ishtiaq Mannan, the deputy country director of Save the Children, who has worked for over one and half decades in the safe motherhood and neonatal health sector, told Prothom Alo.Among them, he pointed out, around 330,000 children did not need surgeries.Ishtiaq said it is happening because of lack of a standard practice. “Regular deliveries take a little more time, which many doctors do not like. Secondly, surgeries mean more fees to for the hospital. As a result, doctors are under pressure to perform surgeries,” he said. Many educated and well-to-do women opt for surgery themselves, he added.Unnecessary antibioticsA recent WHO article said Bangladeshi children less than two years of age are on an average given five courses of antibiotics (a course may be of 1-7 days depending on the case) every year.Mustafa Mahfuz, a researcher working for International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), said the survey was conducted on 200 children.However, in many cases, the children do not complete the antibiotic courses and on many occasions it cannot be known who had prescribed the course.Professor Md Sayeedur Rahman of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) said in many cases antibiotic courses are being prescribed unnecessarily.He said many of these children suffer from chronic diseases when they grow up.”Not only among children, patients of all ages are taking antibiotics unnecessarily — a practice which is harming their immunity in the long run,” he added.According to Lancet, use of antibiotics has increased by 36 per cent worldwide between 2000 and 2010. Besides, many countries have reported that the tendency to admit patients to hospitals needlessly is on the rise.The journal stressed the need for raising awareness to this end among physicians, politicians and policymakers.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.
August 31, 2019
Credit: US Environmental Protection Agency Explore further Using concepts from billiards and optics, he has shown that the answer depends on the object’s volume and the minimum radius of an imaginary sphere that contains the object. The work is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society A.In the study, Plakhov, who is at the University of Aveiro in Portugal and the Institute for Information Transmission Problems in Russia, begins by defining a “visibility index.” For objects that are close to invisible, the visibility index is close to zero, while objects that are clearly visible have a higher visibility index. The visibility index is determined by the angles at which light rays deviate when they reach an object. For perfectly invisible objects, the light rays pass straight through, so their angles do not change at all. In contrast, objects that are clearly visible cause large deviations in the light rays’ angles. In order to define the visibility index, Plakhov adopted ideas from billiard theory, as light rays reflecting off mirror-surfaced objects can be considered analogous to billiard balls bouncing off the sides of a billiard table. Using the billiard model, he then showed that the visibility index can never be smaller than a certain positive value that is a function of the object’s volume and the radius of an invisible sphere that contains the object. That is, he determined that the visibility index never reaches zero, but has a minimum non-zero value, indicating how close to invisible a mirror-surfaced object can theoretically be.For now, however, this minimum value is only an estimate and not a final answer, and Plakhov plans to further pinpoint this value in the future.”The lower estimate obtained in the paper is far from being sharp, and further work is needed to improve it,” Plakhov told Phys.org. “In particular, it is not clear if there exists a sequence of bodies with fixed volume and the diameter going to infinity, and with vanishing visibility index.”Also, since it’s possible for objects to exist which are invisible only from certain directions, Plakhov plans to study a modified visibility index related to a chosen set of directions of observation. The question of the invisibility of mirror-surfaced objects is not just a mathematical curiosity, but it also has potential practical applications. For instance, mirrors are much cheaper and easier to fabricate than metamaterials, which are currently being investigated for their invisibility properties. The ability to create the effect of invisibility—especially when viewed from multiple directions—has a wide variety of potential uses, including military applications (hiding submarines and aircraft), medical imaging (cloaking internal organs that are blocking an area of interest), and improving the performance of small-scale electronics devices by carefully controlling the flow of light and heat.”The work of mine and my collaborators has attracted the attention of the scientific community to the problem of mirror invisibility, which I consider to be of great importance,” Plakhov said. “We are in the beginning of this journey, and I believe that the most significant discoveries are yet to come.” Citation: How close to invisible can a mirror be? (2017, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-invisible-mirror.html More information: Alexander Plakhov. “The problem of camouflaging via mirror reflections.” Proceedings of The Royal Society A. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0147 , Also at arXiv:1702.04199 [math.MG] (Phys.org)—In 2011, mathematicians Alexander Plakhov and Vera Roshchina proved that objects with mirror surfaces cannot be perfectly invisible. Now in a new study, Plakhov has returned to the problem, asking just how close to invisible a mirror-surfaced object can be. 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. © 2017 Phys.org Scientists create invisible objects without metamaterial cloaking Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A
August 27, 2019
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August 17, 2019
Virgin Blue’s new image and “face” landed in Sydney Airport, with the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 and A330 sporting the airlines new name Virgin Australia.The planes flew in from Christchurch and Kuala Lumpur to Sydney, carrying Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson.Mr Branson said the new brand represented a new chapter for the airline and expects it to “shake up the Australian market on an even larger scale than it did ten year ago”.“The new brand, livery, product and service offering will help to transform Virgin Australia into a contemporary dynamic airline with a product to compete with the best worldwide,” Mr Branson said.“Proving an attractive Business Class offering means we can continue to offer the best value airfares in the sky regardless of which class you fly.”Virgin Australia’s first ever chief executive John Borghetti added that the new brand will operate domestically in Australia before its V Australia and Pacific Blue subsidiaries adopt the new look and feel towards the end of the year.“Virgin Australia will be the airline of choice for all market segments,” Mr Borghetti said.“We will do this by bringing the magic back to flying – providing a seamless experience, with excellent service that can be tailored to the individual.“In re-positioning the airline we have kept all the great attributes for which Virgin Blue is renowned – the “can-do” attitude, the competitive pricing and the genuine friendly service – and we have elevated it to a new level.”The carrier’s Boeing 737-800 features Sky Interior, larger overhead lockers, mood lighting and sculpted sidewalls.Virgin Australia said it is also working to upgrade its lounges, with the new look to be launched in Melbourne and Brisbane “shortly” along with the new “look and feel” for Virgin Australia airport terminals.The airline is also looking to re-launch its frequent flyer program Velocity Rewards this year.For more information on the “new face” of Virgin Blue and images of the plane keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard today and tomorrow. e-Travel Blackboard attended the press conference at Sydney Airport this morning. The new Virgin Australia B737 in Sydney this morning Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
August 9, 2019
FOR the first time events will be held in Paphos to mark Cyprus’ fifth Pride Festival, currently underway.Accept LGBT Cyprus’ representative in Paphos, South African Cypriot Zac Theophanous, is organising the events which will see the rainbow flag hoisted above the municipalities of both Paphos and Geroskipou on May 25.“This is the first time we are doing this in Geroskipou and the mayor and municipality have been very supportive,” he told the Cyprus Mail.Last June, Theophanous raised the rainbow flag for the first time at Paphos town hall, ahead of the Cyprus Pride Parade which is held each year in Nicosia. The Pride Festival 2018 is under the auspices of President Nicos Anastasiades and the municipality of Nicosia.“These events are all important and the flags are symbolic as they show that we do have a presence in the town and that both municipalities support diversity and are all inclusive places,” he said.Cyprus Pride events with the 2018 hashtag ‘#makethechange’, started on May 12 and will run until June 3, culminating in the parade in Nicosia which saw around 5,000 participants last year, according to president of Accept LGBT Cyprus, Nicholas Trifon.“We are expecting more people this year and for the first time this year we have a gold sponsor who isn’t afraid to be open in their support for us. Whether it’s an individual, business, organisation or municipality, all of this support is important as its people taking a stand for human rights and equal rights, it all creates a greater awareness,” he said.The march takes place in Nicosia municipal garden on June 3 at around 6pm after kids’ activities at 3pm and speeches at 5pm.This year Pride aims to create awareness about the difficulties facing the transgender community in particular, and a transgender activist speaker from Athens will be one of the participants speaking about legal gender recognition.“We are trying to pass this through parliament, so it is very relevant,” he said.Support for the LGBT community in Paphos is increasing and monthly rainbow meetings are now being held in both Paphos and Geroskipou and are co-ordinated by Theophanous.On Sunday May 20, at the Iris counselling centre in Geroskipou there will be two lectures on homosexuality and the LGBT community in general. They are open to the public.There will also be a ‘human library’ where participating volunteers will tell their stores. One is an HIV positive man who will openly talk about his HIV status.“This is important, in this way we can educate people to dispel the myths and understand the realities and educate about HIV and how not to get it.”He stressed that nowadays, an HIV positive diagnosis doesn’t have to be linked to death.“Being HIV positive is not a death sentence anymore,” he said.On Saturday May 26, a ‘donated’ wall of the old army base in Geroskipou will see a stencil artist create a design, participants can then paint inside the stencil.“It’s all about anti- discrimination, anti-homophobia, anti-racism and women’s rights. We will beautify the wall from 8am and carry on all day.” Further information is available at Accept website: www.acceptcy.org You May LikeGotGravy.com15 Christmas Gifts You Never Wanted To ReceiveGotGravy.comUndoMyKuyil7 Cheap Islands You Can Buy But You Probably Shouldn’t!MyKuyilUndoPopular EverythingA Crowdfunding Campaign Helped Make Their Dream Wedding Come TruePopular EverythingUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoFamagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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