Former Alberta politician is oldest Canadian to summit Mount Everest

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – A former Alberta politician has become the oldest Canadian to summit Mount Everest.John Oldring, who served as a member of the legislature from 1986 to 1993 after spending more than a decade on Red Deer city council, accomplished the feat on May 25.“We probably had one of the best days of the year to summit on,” Oldring, 64, told the Red Deer Advocate.He said they could see the curvature of the Earth through clear, blue skies from the world’s highest mountain top. His team had originally planned to reach the peak on May 26, which turned out to be a cloudy day for other climbers.“They didn’t have any visibility. It was flat. They couldn’t stand on the top of Everest and see the other mountains.”It was the second Everest attempt for the Calgary resident. In 2015, his team was climbing the treacherous Khumbu Icefall on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and left them in a total whiteout.The eight-member team survived, but down at base camp at least 22 people died and several were injured.Although the quake left many others with post-traumatic stress disorder, Oldring didn’t hesitate to try again.“I hadn’t reached the summit yet. The job wasn’t done.”He said seven people have died so far this year on Everest. His team saw four bodies brought down the mountain and passed another body still in the snow.“I’d stop and say a quick prayer for them and their families. Then I’d say a quick prayer for me and keep on going.”His team reached the summit at 8:15 a.m. after a nine-hour climb from Camp Four, then spent about 15 minutes on top of the world.“It was fabulous. Everest is so big. You just can’t appreciate the scale at all. It’s truly amazing.”But they also knew the peak was a death zone, he said.“We had no urgency time-wise. We climbed so quickly. But on the other hand you always have to remind yourself a successful climb is getting down the mountain, not just getting up it, so you don’t spend a lot of time up there.”It wasn’t until he came down that he found out he was the oldest Canadian to summit Everest.“Any climb that I’ve been on, I always known I’ll be oldest. My theory is I make sure I always train the hardest, train the smartest and climb as smart and efficiently as I can. I don’t want to be the person who holds the team back and I never have been.”The oldest person to climb Everest is Yuichiro Miura of Japan, who reached the summit in 2013 at the age of 80.Just this month, 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan from Nepal died while trying to regain the title. He had managed to summit the mountain in 2008 when he was 76.(Red Deer Advocate)last_img read more

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Whistler role in potential Calgary Olympic bid would be welcome IOC

first_imgCALGARY – An official with the International Olympic Committee says it would welcome a bid by Calgary to hold another Winter Games using some facilities in Whistler, B.C., or elsewhere.Calgary is mulling whether to vie for the 2026 Games and a six-member IOC delegation is in the city this week to tour venues from the 1988 Olympics and to discuss ways to reduce the cost of holding them again.The possibility of reusing the ski jump in Whistler from the 2010 Games has been floated as an alternative to a costly refurbishment of the outdated one at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park or building a new one 100 kilometres west in Canmore, Alta., for upwards of $100 million.Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director, says it’s good news that the Whistler option is being considered.“This goes exactly in the direction that we want,” he told a teleconference Wednesday.“It doesn’t need to be a joint bid. It (would) remain Calgary, but using venues outside of Alberta. This is perfectly fine. This is encouraged.”He said distance wouldn’t be a problem and noted that equestrian events were held in Hong Kong during the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.With few cities interested in holding the Olympic Games, the IOC has made changes to make bidding and hosting cheaper and more sustainable.“We have a little team on the ground that is doing exactly what we said we would do in this revamped canditature process, which is dialogue,” Dubi said.Dubi, who was not on the Calgary trip, said he spoke to city councillors and Mayor Naheed Nenshi by phone earlier in the day.IOC representatives have already visited other potential contenders — Sion, Switzerland and Stockholm — and plan to go to Sapporo, Japan just before the Games next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Calgary city council voted in November to spend up to $2 million to keep exploring a bid, but only $1 million would be released until it is known what the federal and provincial governments are willing to contribute to a bid. Council is expected to address the question again on Jan. 29.The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee completed a report this summer that concluded that while it would be feasible for Calgary to be a contender, there were too many unknowns at the time to decide whether it would be prudent. The $1.5 million leftover from committee’s $5 million budget has been put toward ongoing exploration.City staff estimated a bid price tag would be between $25 million and $30 million. The cost of holding the Games has been pegged at $4.6 billion, with revenues covering about half that.The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Dubi listed off a variety of ways that costs could be reduced for host cities: using energy more efficiently at the International Broadcast Centre, encouraging public transit, shifting some responsibilities to sports federations and ensuring venues aren’t any bigger than they need to be.He said the IOC has said it would provide US$925 million to the successful 2026 bid city, but called that a preliminary number.The IOC will invite cities to bid for 2026 this October and the deadline will be January 2019.Dubi said Calgary has until the end of March to decide whether it’s interested in moving to the next phase of talks with the IOC.last_img read more

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PUBLIC ENEMYS CHUCK D HEADLINES THIS YEARS VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The appearance is part of the festival’s expanded VIFF Live program, which this year also includes a live episode of Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s AdultSwim.com series On Cinema at the Cinema Live!“VIFF Live has created a platform to push the boundaries of festival programming, exploring how a multitude of artistic genres intersect with cinema to create unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences for VIFF audiences,” said VIFF programmer and curator Ken Tsui. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Public Enemy’s Chuck D will be in Vancouver this fall for Song Exploder Live during this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. Photo Dplanet/Flickr Twitter Vancouver International Film Festival released this year’s lineup and it includes a live appearance from hip hop icon Chuck D.The Public Enemy founder will dissect “Fight the Power” during a live edition of the Song Exploder podcast. The song was specially commissioned for Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.last_img read more

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UN poised to tackle some of todays most pressing challenges – Ban

7 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his confidence that the United Nations can deliver concrete results for the peoples of the world who have increasingly turned to the Organization to address some of today’s most pressing challenges. “The international community turned to us for assistance, which ranged from helping victims of conflict and disaster and addressing the needs of the poor and hungry to restoring peace between warring parties and mobilizing the global community to address a new generation of global challenges like climate change and terrorism,” Mr. Ban wrote in his second annual report on the work of the Organization. “The rising demand for our services is daunting, and yet I am convinced that with dedication, focus and commitment we can live up to the hopes of all peoples who look to us to build a more peaceful, prosperous and just world,” he added in the 71-page document, which was the subject of debate by Member States in the General Assembly yesterday. Mr. Ban acknowledged that during the last year, the world experienced “a huge increase in the intensity of engagement across the entire spectrum of development, security, humanitarian affairs, and human rights issues.” To fully respond to this surge in demand on the world body’s services, he called for focus in three key areas – delivering results for people most in need, securing global goods, and creating a stronger UN through full accountability. He also emphasized that strategies to address new challenges will need to be developed globally, but the locus of action and responsibility will be primarily the national level. “I appeal to governments to take action, as the consequences of inaction will spare none.” On development, the Secretary-General noted that halving extreme poverty, one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, is not enough. The international community must also tackle the food crisis, climate change, natural disasters and violent conflicts – all of which threaten to “turn back the clock” on development advances. Mr. Ban also highlighted the sustained demands placed on the Organization in the area of peace and security, including work in Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Myanmar, the Middle East, Sri Lanka, northern Uganda, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Western Sahara. The past year saw the deployment of two of the UN’s most complex peacekeeping operations – in Darfur, and to Chad and CAR. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) now leads 19 missions with more than 130,000 women and men, including troop and police contributions from 117 Member States and a budget of about $7 billion. In addition, the Secretary-General acknowledged “significant strides” in delivering accountable, predictable and timely assistance to communities impacted by the global food crisis, extreme weather events and armed conflict. He also pointed to the need for continued reform of the world body to enable the UN to tackle the changing and growing requests placed on it. “To deliver on the increasing demands for our services, we need a stronger, more effective and modern Organization.” As part of this effort, Mr. Ban has called for the establishment of a new accountability compact with senior managers. “I am committed to ensuring that there is accountability within the Secretariat, flowing both ways between me, to senior managers, and staff. “I am also taking steps to strengthen the Secretariat’s accountability to Member States for ensuring that the Organization is well managed, upholding individual and collective integrity, and delivering results,” he wrote. read more

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Interim order on dissolution of Parliament extended till Saturday

The hearings will continue tomorrow. The Supreme Court was to conclude hearings today and issue a ruling tomorrow.However, since the hearings did not conclude today the Supreme Court decided to continue hearings tomorrow and extended the stay order on the dissolution of Parliament till Saturday. An interim order issued on the dissolution of Parliament has been extended till Saturday, December 8th.The order was extended by the Supreme Court when it continued hearings into the petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament today. A seven member bench is hearing the case. (Colombo Gazette)

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Maple Leaf Foods posts Q2 sales up 125 fuelled by plantbased protein

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. says its second-quarter sales rose by 12.5 per cent during the period, fuelled in part by growing demand for plant-based protein products.The company says its revenue grew to $1.02 billion, up from $909.2 million a year ago, driven by acquisitions, its value-added product portfolio and continued double-digit growth in plant-based protein.However, it posted a net loss of $6.3 million or five cents per share during the three months ended June 30 due to $60.7 million of non-cash fair value changes on balance sheet items.On an adjusted basis, Maple Leaf reported operating earnings of $65.2 million, or 33 cents per share.  Analysts had expected quarterly revenue of $1 billion and earnings per share of 31 cents, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Maple Leaf Foods chief executive Michael McCain says its meat protein business delivered excellent profit growth even with difficult market conditions, and it is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for plant-based protein.“We have materially stepped up our game as a leader in the plant-based protein market, positioning us to win in this high-growth business,” he said in a statement. Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)The Canadian Press read more

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Ohio State professor to present research on manufacturersupplier relationship

An Ohio University business professor will present his co-authored research paper at Brock’s Goodman School of Business on Friday, Feb. 9.Manus (Johnny) Rungtusanatham, a Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor at Ohio University, will discuss his paper, “Historical supplier performance and strategic relationship dissolution: Unintentional but serous supplier error as a moderator as part of Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series.Rungtusanatham’s research focuses on the strategic relationship between manufacturers and suppliers and what happens when an inadvertent — but significant — mistake happens on the part of the supplier.The research shows that high performance contributes to a positive manufacturer-supplier relationship. However, when suppliers go “above and beyond,” they may set the manufacturer up for disappointment if they cannot consistently meet the same targets. This could result in business relationships being cut short.Rungtusanatham’s research study concludes by offering advice for suppliers to manage their manufacturers’ expectations.In its 12th year, Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series provides an informal and engaging opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with colleagues internationally.The event is being held in Taro Hall 203 Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Space is limited. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. Brock community members wishing to attend can email Jennifer Brisson at jbrisson@brocku.ca to reserve a seat. read more

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UK weather Met Office urges people to stay out of sun until

Medical professionals have also warned the heatwave risks sending pensioners with underlying health issues “over the edge” as A&E departments reach peak levels.  It came as the… Temperatures soared to their highest of 2018 on Monday as the mercury reached 33.3C in Suffolk.  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. As Britain basks in glorious sunshine for yet another week, experts have warned the heatwave risks bringing on a faux autumn with prematurely ripening fruits and browning leaves. The Woodland Trust said the unprecedented hot and dry weather is causing blackberries and other hedgerow fruits to mature two months ahead of their usual growth pattern in some parts of the country, spelling danger for the animals that feed on them. read more

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Sirius Minerals forging ahead with its £2 billion development

first_imgSirius Minerals project area in North Yorksire, England contains the largest known, highest grade resource of polyhalite to be found anywhere in the world. The polyhalite resource of 2,660 Mt, as defined according to the JORC code, represents 7% of the project’s area of interest.Polyhalite will be extracted via two mine shafts and transported outside of the National Park to Teesside on a conveyer belt system in an underground tunnel. It will then be granulated at a materials handling facility, with the majority being exported to overseas markets. The company is aiming to achieve first product from the mine by the end of 2021, ramping up to an initial production capacity of 10 Mt/y and then full production of 20 Mt/y.Last week the Company held its first two jobs fairs in Skinningrove and Whitby, with local people securing roles and others being invited to interviews with construction contractors as a result. The events, which are being hailed as a resounding success, were attended by 700 people and were an opportunity for individuals who live in North Yorkshire and Redcar and Cleveland to find out more about the roles that are being created during the construction phase of the company’s polyhalite project. Construction jobs on the project are estimated to peak at 1,700.Many of these roles will be with the contractors, including DMC Mining Services, Strabag and Careys Civil Engineering (CCE), who joined staff from Sirius at the events. Scarborough Construction Skills Village and Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Routes to Employment Service were also in attendance to offer bespoke training advice, C.V. guidance and employment skills support.Pat Grenham, Senior Project Manager at Careys Civil Engineering said: “The standard of attendees at the events was exceptional. We have already employed seven local people as a result and we look forward to welcoming others to the team in the future.”Pauline Garnett, UK Director of Human Resources for DMC Mining Services, Sirius’ shaft sinking contractor, said: “There is a high level of industrial skill in the local area, and these events attracted some excellent talent. We have been delighted by the calibre of applicants and have shortlisted some of those in attendance at the jobs fairs for interview.”Jason Fawcett, Tunnel Construction Manager for Strabag, who are constructing the first tunnel drive of Sirius’ mineral transport system (MTS), was also at the events.“It was very encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm and skill on offer”, he said. “The job fairs have given us a strong understanding of the wide range of expertise and transferable skills on offer in the area. We are already interviewing candidates who we met at the events and will continue to do so.”In addition to its construction roles, the project is set to create approximately 1,000 jobs in operations and a further 1,450 in the supply chain.Matt Parsons, External Affairs General Manager for Sirius, said: “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the jobs available within our Project and it’s fantastic that more local people are joining the team. Whilst we can’t guarantee everyone that attended will get a job, we hope that people found the sessions informative about the roles that will be created and how to access relevant training and support.”Meanwhile, leading construction materials supplier, Aggregate Industries has proven its credentials in its recent work at the Woodsmith mine development. Mine development is now well underway with a vast  mine head at Woodsmith mine, Sneaton, with shafts 1,500m deep, and a 37-km tunnel to transport the potash to Wilton International near Redcar.Core to the state-of-the-art project is the supply and delivery of a vast high quality, hardstone aggregate to be used for road construction and ground stabilisation works. Subsequently, leading earthworks contractor, Collins Earthworks called on the services of expert Aggregate Industries to provide the vast material requirement.During the course of just seven months, running from May to December 2017, Aggregate Industries’ specialist team has since supplied 81,000 t of Type 3 sub-base aggregates and 9,000 t of Type 1 sub-base aggregates. A further 20,000 t of material was provided during January and February 2018.In order to effectively and sustainably manage the scale of supply demands, material has been sourced from the business’s Glensanda quarry and shipped to the nearby Teesside port, before being road hauled direct to the project. This approach has enabled the team to deliver in excess of 500 t/d, while operating a stringent quality procedure to ensure the material exceeded the structure and strength values required for the project.Dave Shaw, Site Manager at Collins Earthworks, said: “I would like pass on my thanks to Aggregate Industries for providing such a swift and efficient approach to our aggregate requirement which has been vital to keeping the project on schedule. Working on a project of this calibre and scale, it is vital to partner with genuine experts with not just the product capabilities but the expertise behind it, and the team haven’t failed to deliver. I’m sure this relationship will continue as we progress the project over the next four years.”John Taylor, sales manager, Aggregates North, comments:  “Having worked on numerous projects of this size, we were able to apply our learnings to ensure an even more robust approach to the aggregate supply. From working closely with Collins Earthworks at the inventory stages, we have put a stringent plan in place to ensure a continuity of supply without disruption, ensuring the teams have the exact specific technical and quality specification of aggregate as and when they need it.”last_img read more

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HP mimics the Chromebox with the userproof Passport internet monitor

first_imgSomeone once told me that teaching was a great job, except for the students. I can easily imagine someone in IT saying the same thing, except replacing students with users. So how do companies limit the damage that users can do while keeping systems functional and maintenance costs minimal? Google’s Chromebox does this by moving most of the heavy lifting to the cloud and restricting the local system to a browser. Now HP is getting into the game with their Passport 1912nm internet monitor.The 1912nm is a 18.5-inch all-in-one PC that doesn’t actually monitor the internet. Rather, it’s a affordable computer that runs a simple interface on top of a lightweight version of Linux. It’s designed for internet cafes, kiosks, hotels, and other settings where people want to access the internet with a full browser and the computer owner doesn’t want to worry about those people installing software, messing around in the registry, or downloading malware while trying to watch Game of Thrones online for free.Using the Splashtop-like UI users can access Firefox, listen to music, watch video, view images, and do other basic tasks. Like Chrome OS, it’s essentially a browser and some basic functions layered on top of an affordable computer, though the Passport runs Linux (it’s user transparent) and is powered by a TI chip, as opposed to an Intel Celeron or Atom CPU. Being Linux-based the computer is immune from most of the malicious nonsense people will encounter on the internet, plus it keeps things light so that the TI chip can handle things.Aside from the 18.5-inch, 1366×768 arsenic-free screen, the Passport has five USB ports, a 4-in-one card reader, speakers, and includes both a keyboard and mouse. In addition to the ARM-based chip, it has 1GB of RAM and 2GB of storage. It’s certainly a budget system, but if you’re at a hotel and all you need to do is check your email and upload some images to Facebook, it should prove to be a much better option than the malware-plagued, barely functional Windows XP boxes you typically find.HP includes everything you’ll need for a set-it-and-forget-it internet monitor for $259. It’s available today.HP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor_profileHP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor_profileHP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitor_bottomHP Passport 1912nm Internet Monitorlast_img read more

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Childrens lives at risk over lack of nationwide outofhours mental health services

first_img Short URL By Aoife Barry He described it as “vital” that the availability of out-of-hours mental health services for children is spread evenly across the country.“The Mental Health Commission has already highlighted that under-investment in services for children is one of the factors contributing to the continuing high number of admissions of children to adult psychiatric units. This practice is one which must come to an end. The delivery of 24-hour emergency services for children is fundamental in helping to achieve this,” he added.I have previously called for a considerable increase in recruitment to Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Teams. The 2015 figures showed that they have just over half of the needed staff required under the policy, ‘A Vision for Change’.“We have to remember that in Ireland one in four of the population is under 18 years of age. It’s not good enough that the mental health services available to them continue to be under-resourced,” said Deputy Browne.Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital, told TheJournal.ie that “it is imperative that children and adolescents have timely access access to age-appropriate mental health services”.This includes access to emergency assessment and treatment services from CAMHS teams, especially out of hours and at weekends, which is when many mental health crises occur. Youth mental health is an area in need of urgent attention, especially as rates of suicide in younger people in Ireland are so much higher than rates in similar age groups across other European countries.Browne said that those working in the mental health sector had told him that “very often the out-of-hours is when things become acute, when people need that urgent help and it’s not there”.Browne said his concern is that people who suffer mental health crises out of hours have to attend the emergency department, which he described as “not the place for people suffering from mental health problems” unless there is a dedicated unit for people.One of his constituents told him she had to tell a consultant her psychiatric issues while in a multi-bed ward “with only a curtain to separate her” from the other patients.She told me she withheld because she didn’t know who was behind those curtains, she didn’t want her family to know.Browne said that if there is an out-of-hours CAMHS service available, a person having a mental health crisis can talk to someone who is familiar with their file and situation.“That’s why you need the out-of-hours service, because they are familiar with people and they know how to help them.”“It’s like any emergency situation. If you are in an acute situation, time is critical,” he said.Controlling the purse stringsBrowne said that the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health, Helen McEntee, “needs to grapple with this” but said that Health Minister Simon Harris “controls the purse strings”.“My concern thing is that – to use the hackneyed phrase – [mental health is] remaining the Cinderella of the health service, it’s not being given the respect it deserves.”However, he noted that there had been a number of debates on the topic in the Dail recently.“People with mental health problems need more than just tea and sympathy,” he said. “They need to see mental health prioritised.”The HSE said in a statement:“The HSE Mental Health Division is committed to delivering and promoting a higher quality mental health service for young people up to the age of 18 years. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Improvement Project have recently developed and published a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for both in-patient and community CAMHS. The main purpose of this SOP is to ensure that the delivery of services CAMHS teams reflects the identified clinical needs of the child and all clinical presentations will receive a level of clinical care that is consistent across all CAMHS.”Read: Cavan Footballer Alan O’Mara on Depression: ‘Why couldn’t I enjoy my Christmas?’>Read: ‘When I was told my brother had died by suicide, I crumbled to the floor and howled’> Children’s lives ‘at risk’ over lack of nationwide out-of-hours mental health services That’s according to one TD who has released figures given to him by the HSE. Image: Shutterstock/Kaylinka CHILDREN’S LIVES ARE being put ‘at risk’ over a lack of nationwide out-of hours mental health services, according to one TD.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Deputy James Browne said that he understands that there are at least 15 counties without an out-of-hours CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health service) team, though he is waiting on the HSE to confirm the exact number.The HSE provided Browne with this table in answer to a parliamentary question from him on the issue:“What you have effectively with the way the services are done at the moment is you have a ‘postcode situation’ where young children and young adolescents who need mental health services out of hours depend on whether they are in [a specific] county. There is no question this is putting children’s lives at risk,” said Browne, who is Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on mental health.He wants the Government to move to adequately staff mental health services for children.How CAMHS worksIn its CAMHS corporate plan 2015 – 2017, the HSE says that ”arrangements must be put in place in each area that addresses out-of-hours presentations”.To engage with CAMHS, children and adolescents with a moderate to severe mental disorder must first be referred – by, for example, a GP, paediatrician, or Tusla – before going through the CAMHS triage system, then on to formal discussion or assessment by a psychiatrist.If the disorder is confirmed, an individual care plan is formulated.From there, the patient’s plan is put in regular review with a key worker and periodic review or discussion by a consultant. They may eventually be discharged to their GP.If a young person is to transition to adult mental health services, a transition plan is usually required.CAMHS services are generally Monday to Friday within office hours, with the on-call team in certain counties providing interim services at weekends or out of hours. This means that where an on-call team is available, a person accessing CAMHS services can present themselves at the emergency department and be assigned a psychiatrist who will have access to their personal files. They will then be referred to their own CAMHS team on the next working day.The HSE plan also states:There are many examples of excellent work that are being carried out within community and in-patient CAMHS across the country. However, there are also examples of inconsistencies across services, specifically in the areas of waiting times, treatment times, scope of treatment options available, clarity of information available to families and the interface with other agencies both internal and external to the HSE.And:The HSE’s Mental Health Division is committed to ensuring that all aspects of CAMHS are delivered in a consistent and timely fashion, regardless of where the service is accessed throughout the country.However, Browne is critical of the fact that out-of-hours services are not available for CAMHS clients across the country. “New information which I have received sets out the enormous challenges facing our mental health services for children in particular,” he said.No on-call service is available in counties Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Kerry, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Meath, Longford, Westmeath, Laois, Offaly and Louth. This is shocking and clearly demonstrates the patchy nature of our mental health services. Questions have also been raised over the availability of on-call services in Donegal, Waterford and Clare. This represents vast swathes of the country which are left without an effective out-of-hours service. http://jrnl.ie/3181003 Jan 14th 2017, 8:45 AM center_img Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 8:45 AM Image: Shutterstock/Kaylinka 13 Comments Share Tweet Email1 9,235 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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This LED Lamp Can Replace Your Wifi

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Yet Another Dumb Hotspot Name Causes Panic in the AirAll Your Wifi Devices Could Be Owned By The KRACK Attack center_img Lamps tend to be very limited in their functionality. For the most part they illuminate spaces. These days, however, some aim a little higher. Some can charge your gadgets, which is pretty cool.MyLiFi has a neat trick up its sleeve, too. It can provide you with a secure, fast connection to the Internet. According to the MLiFi Indiegogo page, the lamp supports 13Mbps downloads and 10Mbps uploads.Those aren’t exactly blistering speeds, but they’re sufficient for a whole slew of online activities. They’re also fairly close to the average American’s broadband connection. Even for demanding users, there’s at least one very good reason to use MyLiFi instead of a wireless connection.If security takes precedence over speed, LiFi is just what the doctor ordered. It’s nearly impossible for some miscreant to eavesdrop on your activities since LiFi utilizes a line-of-sight connection, and it’s optical. Someone would have to physically place a snooping device between the LiFi dongle attached to your computer and the lamp in order to “listen” in… which should be pretty hard not to notice.LiFi networks are also ideal for environments where radio waves could interfere with sensitive equipment, say, in hospitals and labs.Oledcomm, the company behind MyLiFi, has built in plenty of additional functionality. On the lighting side of things, you can schedule the lamp to turn on and off on a schedule and adjust the color temperature to your liking. You can set schedules for the network connection, too — handy for making sure the kiddos aren’t trying to sneak in a little surfing after lights out.One other slick feature worth noting: you don’t even need to have an outlet nearby to supply power. As long as you’ve got an Ethernet connection and a PoE switch at the other end, you’re good to go. MyLiFi does come with a PoE injector in case your router or switch doesn’t swing both ways.last_img read more

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Camas says no to owners plans for Farrell House

first_imgCamas’ landmark Farrell House cannot be used to hold indoor and outdoor events as its owner had hoped, officials said Tuesday.The city’s council adopted a resolution during a special meeting Monday night that rejected owner Heidi Curley’s bid for an unclassified use permit. In doing so, the council affirmed its unanimous vote on the matter from a week earlier. The council’s decision came more than a month after the city’s planning commission recommended approval for Curley’s plan.Curley, who purchased the house last year, sought an unclassified use permit to hold events ranging from backyard weddings with up to 100 people to luncheons and tea parties with as few as 10. But the council sided with neighbors who voiced concerns related to noise and traffic issues that could negatively affect their lives.The Farrell House, 416 N.E. Ione St., was built in 1913 by a well-to-do Camas department store owner and is listed on the Clark County Heritage Register. The distinctive Greek Revival-style home had belonged to the Farrell family until last year, when Curley purchased it.Curley appears to be taking the council’s decision in stride.“I will live in this grand old house and raise my three beautiful girls,” Curley wrote on the Farrell House’s Facebook page following the council’s decision.Curley did not return phone calls Monday or Tuesday. Neither did Camas community development director Phil Bourquin.Tom Martin, a vocal opponent of Curley’s initial plans, expressed satisfaction and surprise at the council’s 7-0 vote.“They hit the nail on the head,” Martin said, adding the council addressed all of the concerns residents had. Martin complemented Curley on how much work she has already put into the Farrell House.“I’m not going to hold a grudge,” he said. “I hope we can be good neighbors.” While Martin praised the council’s decision, fellow Camas resident Karen Hall criticized it. Hall is the owner of the Camas Hotel and a member of the Camas Downtown Association. Events at the Farrell House could have resulted in more customers for the hotel, Hall said.last_img read more

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High winds forecast tonight

first_imgA high wind warning has been issued for Clark County tonight as the region gets lashed by a powerful storm.The winds should start to pick up around 6 p.m. and persist through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Peak gusts could exceed 50 mph.The strongest winds, of 30 mph and more, are expected between midnight and 6 a.m.The Weather Service warned that power disruptions are likely in the region due to the combination of high winds and saturated soils, which can blow trees into power lines.Driving may also be hazardous, particularly with tall vehicles or in areas exposed to winds, such as the Interstate 205 bridge.Between a quarter inch and a half inch of new rainfall may accompany tonight’s windstorm, on top of what will fall during the daylight hours today.A third of an inch of rain fell Saturday at Pearson Field in Vancouver, according to the weather service.Heavy snow is forecast in the Cascades and parts of Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon. A blizzard warning is in effect for the Blue Mountains and the portion of Interstate 84 that passes through them.The weather service expects Vancouver to remain well above freezing, with temperatures in the low 40s, rising slightly overnight as the storm system passes into the valleys.last_img read more

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If election repeats history will Dems enjoy another 08 or suffer a

first_imgBernie Sanders (Photos: Liz, Ruskin/ Alaska Public Media)Delegates at the Democratic National Convention today officially nominated Hillary Clinton for president,to widespread cheering. But outside the Wells Fargo Center, thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters banged on security fences, shouting “election fraud.” It’s still not clear if many of the 12 million Sanders voters will comearound to Clinton. Alaskans attending the convention in Philadelphia say what the Sanders fans do next could turn the tide of history.Listen nowFor many of the Alaska delegates, the day started with a breakfast buffet in a hotel meeting room that they shared with the Wisconsin delegation. Special guest: Sen. Bernie Sanders.He spoke mostly about policy, and almost in passing told his supporters they should work to ensure Clinton, and not Donald Trump, wins the White House. Sanders left like a pied piper, trailing a bevy of his passionate Alaska fans. They followed Sanders down the hallway, toAlaska delegates for Bernie Sanders listen to him speak at a breakfast event on Day 2 of the Democratic Convention.his next breakfast speech for a different group of delegates.“He’s going to Iowa. You’re not all going to get in,” one attendant said, and the Alaskans were blocked at the door.Gavin Hudson, a Sanders delegate from Metlakatla, loved the Vermont senator’s speech to the Alaska delegation.“It’s not just celebrity. It’s not just because he’s popular or that I like him,” Hudson said. “The best part about Bernie Sanders’ speeches is that they’re all focused on the issues.”It was just hours before Clinton’s official nomination, but Hudson, a dedicated Sanders delegate, wasn’t giving up yet.“I understand that it’s unlikely. I understand that the math isn’t working in our favor at this point,” he conceded. (Clinton won decisively, but got just six delegate votes from Alaska, including three superdelegates. Sanders, who won more than 80 percent of the Alaska caucuses, reaped 14 Alaska delegates.)Don’t mistake Hudson’s frustration for rowdiness. Hudson says he was not among those who booed pro-Clinton speakers at the convention.“I was raised better than that,” he said.Gavin Hudson, a Sanders delegate from Metlakatla.But Hudson says the loud protests are understandable. He thinks the Democratic Party stacked the deck against Sanders. But Hudson’s frustration is not so great that he’s willing to see Trump get elected.“Will I vote for Hillary is probably the question you really want to know,” he said. “I’ll plug my nose, I’ll eat my vegetables and I’ll pull the lever for Hillary, if need be.”Hudson is 36. Brenda Knapp, of Juneau, is a couple of decades older. She came to Philadelphia as volunteer, to help with Alaska delegation events.Knapp wore not only a 2016 Hillary Clinton button, but her old Hillary button from 2008, the year Clinton lost the nomination to Barack Obama. Knapp says she knows the pain and anger of seeing your candidate lose, but she says Sanders supporters shouldn’t take too long to get on board with Clinton.“You can express some dissatisfaction” Knapp said, “but don’t keep it up, you know?”Brenda Knapp, of Juneau, hopes Sanders delegates do not repeat the Democratic missteps of 1968.At breakfast, the speaker before Sanders, former Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, reminded the crowd of the 1968 election, and it resonated with Knapp. Back then, she and other young Democrats saw their favorite long-shot candidate from the left, Eugene McCarthy, lose to the party’s establishment candidate — Hubert Humphrey.“What happened is that not enough of us probably got behind Hubert Humphrey, and as a consequence we had eight years of Richard Nixon,” Knapp said. “That could happen again. And this would be – Trump is much scarier than Richard Nixon.”Knapp says she hopes today’s Sanders supporters know the story of 1968 and avoid a repeat.last_img read more

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Rep Ortiz introduces state version of Mental Health land trade

first_imgDeer Mountain is seen during a break in the snowstorms on March 7. (Photo by Pam Davies)While waiting for federal legislation to expedite a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Mental Health, state officials are working on a companion bill in the Alaska Legislature.Listen nowRep. Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan introduced House Bill 155 to help move the land trade forward. The bill would approve exchanging about 18,000 acres of Mental Health land for about 20,000 acres of Forest Service land.The Mental Health Trust lands included in the exchange are sensitive sites close to communities, and there was significant pushback when Mental Health officials announced last year that the agency would log those sites if the exchange wasn’t approved.Those sites include parcels on Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain and a steep slope above homes in Petersburg.Wyn Menefee is deputy director of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office. He said the exchange needs both federal and state legislation to move forward.“The idea is to provide lands to the Trust — Forest Service lands – that are more conducive for making revenue,” Menefee said. “That would likely be timber harvest, is one of the primary things. That would be mostly out in Prince of Wales Island, by Naukati and Hollis; and then also over by Shelter Cove behind Ketchikan.”Menefee said he expects a hearing on the federal legislation by the end of March or early April, and he hopes it will be approved this summer. He encourages area residents to contact their representatives to voice support for both the federal and state bills.Ortiz said HB155 has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. It first will go to the Resources Committee, and then probably to Finance. He said he introduced the bill in response to local concerns.“It became apparent to me that the folks in Ketchikan, in particular, didn’t want to see Deer Mountain logged,” Ortiz said. “This particular bill, if it passes, will match the federal bill and if it passes, it (allows) the land swap so the Mental Health Trust doesn’t have to consider logging the Deer Mountain area.”Ortiz said Sen. Bert Stedman of Sitka plans to introduce a Senate version of the bill. Ortiz said he expects that the state legislation will not have much, if any, opposition.“Because this is generally a pro-jobs bill (and) it’s a bill that allows the Mental Health Trust to follow through with their responsibilities, I don’t think there’s going to be much opposition to it,” Ortiz said. “I can’t see where that opposition would come.”Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office officials are planning public information meetings in affected communities in a few weeks. Two already have been scheduled for March 21st in Ketchikan and March 23rd in Petersburg.Menefee said other meetings are planned elsewhere, but have not yet been scheduled.“This is more or less an effort to update the communities about what we’re doing and about the legislation,” Menefee said. “We want to inform folks how to get involved and help that along. We already had meetings in Ketchikan and in Petersburg, but we want to go out to some of the other communities that we didn’t get to and give people an opportunity to heat what we’re trying to accomplish: Why it’s good for them, why it’s good for us.”Menefee said the exchange will help Southeast’s timber industry by providing a timber harvest while the Forest Service continues its move away from old-growth timber sales. That timber harvest also would provide funds for mental health services throughout the state.last_img read more

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Donald Trump to meet Narendra Modi Xi Jinping on sidelines of

first_imgWASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will hold a number of meetings with world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of G-20 meeting in Japan this week and is expected to discuss several issues, including trade. Trump is scheduled to leave for Japan on June 27 to attend the two-day summit meeting of G-20 leaders in Osaka on June 28 and 29. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “We anticipate that he will conduct a number of meetings with world leaders,” a senior administration official told reporters during a conference call on Monday. The list of his meetings on the sidelines of the G-20 summit include, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Modi of India, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Turkey, the official said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us This would be the first meeting between Modi and Trump after the recent general elections in India. Trump had called and congratulated Modi over phone on his re-election. India raised tariffs on as many as 28 products, including almonds and walnuts, on June 16 in response to higher duties imposed by the US on products including steel and aluminum. Advertise With Us The Trump administration on June 1 terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme. The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. Recently the US tried to ease India’s concerns over reports that Washington was considering capping H-1B visas to countries that force foreign companies to store data locally. Trump’s highly anticipated meeting with Xi comes amidst a trade war between the US and China. The two leaders agreed to meet after negotiations broke down last month and both sides exchanged steep increases in tariffs. The G-20 summit is an opportunity for leaders of the world to speak frankly with one another about the state of the economy, other issues including trade, energy, innovation, workforce development, quality infrastructure and women’s economic empowerment, said the senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Noting that the G-20 is primarily an economic forum that was created at the leader’s level in 2008 by then-President George W Bush in response to the global financial crisis, the senior administration official said that the leaders will be spending a significant amount of time talking about modern challenges to the economy and ways to addressed them. Observing that Trump came into the office with pro-jobs and pro-growth agenda and his policies are working, the official said this is in contrast to a lot of other advanced economies are really struggling with their growth models, unemployment, consumer confidence and investment. “The United States wants everyone to grow and we believe that our economic model is one that nations around the world should follow. “So, we’ll be spending a significant amount of time talking about policies that work including deregulation, tax reform, investment agendas, innovation and economic opportunities for all,” the official said. In addition to growth and prosperity, the president will focus a lot on trade.last_img read more

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Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath expecting their 1st child

first_imgKapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath wedding in December.TwitterHere’s good news for fans of Kapil Sharma. The comedian-actor is reportedly going to become a father soon. According to News18, Kapil’s wife Ginni Chatrath is pregnant and his mother has shifted to Mumbai.While neither Kapil or Ginni has made any official announcement, if the report turns out to be true, this will be the couple’s first child after they tied the knot in December 2018.Kapil and Ginni tied the knot in Jalandhar in the presence of their close friends and family. After the wedding, the newly-weds hosted two receptions, one in Amritsar and another in Mumbai. Both the events were star-studded affairs and saw the presence of many celebs from the Punjabi and Bollywood film industry. In February 2019, Kapil hosted another wedding reception in Delhi, which was graced by many prominent politicians and cricketers.Recently, the 38-year-old comedian shared a fun fact about his wedding on his show The Kapil Sharma Show 2. Kapil revealed that he didn’t know most of the guests who turned up at his wedding ceremony. He further said that there were about 5,000 guests but he hardly knew 40-50 people out of them, the Pinkvilla reported.Kapil considers Ginni as his biggest fan and critic. In an interview with Hindustan Times, when he was asked if wife Ginni has a great sense of humour, the Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon actor said: “Yes. When I met her for the first time in college, I saw that her comic timing on stage was very good. She is my critic. She is also my biggest fan and laughs on almost all my jokes.”On the work front, Kapil’s show The Kapil Sharma Show Season 2 has been receiving tremendous response from viewers across the globe and even topping the TRP charts. It also has Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Kiku Sharda, Chandan Prabhakar and Sumona Chakravarti in pivotal roles. Kapil Sharma and wife Ginni Chatrathinstagramlast_img read more

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Road crash kills 2

first_imgTwo passengers were killed as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Osmaninagar, Sylhet on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.The accident took place around 6:00am when a bus of ‘Ena Paribahan’ plunged into a roadside ditch after its driver lost his control over the steering, leaving the duo dead on the spot and injuring 10 others, said Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar police station.The injured were admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, he added.last_img

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Robust Health Insurance SignUps Surprise Supporters And Opponents

first_img Share Scott Olson/Getty ImagesKelley Mui helps a client sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on Dec. 15 at the Midwest Asian Health Association in Chicago.A day after President Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” officials reported that 8.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018 — nearly reaching 2017’s number in half the sign-up time.That total is far from complete. Enrollment is still open in parts of seven states, including Florida and Texas, that use the federal healthcare.gov exchange but were affected by hurricanes earlier this year.The numbers released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services also did not include those who signed up between midnight Dec. 15 and 3 a.m. ET on Dec. 16, the final deadline for 2018 coverage, as well as those who could not finish enrolling before the deadline and left their phone number for a call back.And enrollment has not yet closed in 11 states, including California and New York, as well as Washington, D.C., that run their own insurance exchanges. Those states are expected to add several million more enrollees.The robust numbers for sign-ups on the federal exchange — 96 percent of last year’s total — surprised both supporters and opponents of the health law, who almost universally thought the numbers would be lower. Not only was the sign-up period reduced by half, but the Trump administration dramatically cut funding for advertising and enrollment aid. Republicans in Congress spent much of the year trying to repeal and replace the law, while Trump repeatedly declared the health law dead, leading to widespread confusion.On the other hand, a Trump decision aimed at hurting the exchanges may have backfired. When he canceled federal subsidies to help insurers offer discounts to their lowest-income customers, it produced some surprising bargains for those who qualify for federal premium help. That may have boosted enrollment.“Enrollment defied expectations, and the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine it,” says Lori Lodes, a former Obama administration health official who joined with other Obama alumni to try to promote enrollment in the absence of federal outreach efforts. “The demand for affordable coverage speaks volumes — proving yet again the staying power of the marketplaces.”“The ACA is not repealed and not going away,” tweeted Andy Slavitt, who oversaw the ACA under President Barack Obama.The tax bill passed by Congress this week repeals the fines for those who fail to obtain health coverage, but those fines do not go away until 2019. Still, that has added to the confusion surrounding 2018 coverage.And it remains unclear whether Congress will make another attempt to repeal the law in 2018.“I think we’ll probably move on to other issues,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an interview Thursday with NPR.Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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