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More Communitybased Homes for Nova Scotians with Disabilities

first_imgGovernment is moving ahead on its commitment to develop eight community-based homes for Nova Scotians with disabilities over two years. In July, vendors interested in developing and operating new homes can participate in information sessions in regions where five homes will be located – Halifax Regional Municipality (two homes) and Yarmouth, Kings and Lunenburg counties. Then in August, Community Services will issue a call for vendors to apply to develop and operate homes. Work is already underway on the development of homes in New Glasgow, Isle Madame and Clare. “We know that smaller, community-based homes are often the best living option for Nova Scotians with disabilities,” said Community Services Minister Kelly Regan. “Moving toward community-based homes instead of larger facilities will allow residents and their families to be more involved and included as part of their communities.” The homes will each house up to four Nova Scotians with disabilities. The application process will focus on finding the highest quality of service and support for participants of the Disability Support Program and their families. The locations and criteria for building the homes are based on needs of participants. The specific support needs for each home will vary depending on the needs of the participants. The development of more community-based homes for persons with disabilities is part of government’s commitment to an accessible province by 2030. Government increased its investment for the eight homes with an additional $1 million in Budget 2018-2019, bringing the total to $5.2 million over two years. There are currently 223 community-based, small option homes in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

3 Bdeshis held with ammunition

first_imgDarjeeling: Three Bangladeshi citizens were arrested by Uttar Dinajpur police along with arms and live ammunition. They were remanded to police custody by the Islampur court. The three had sneaked in from Bangladesh and were putting up at Jharbari. Based on a tip-off, the cops raided the area and arrested the trio on Friday night. A semi-automatic revolver was recovered along with five rounds of live ammunition. Abul Hossain, Robiul and Mohammad Liton are residents of Munnatoli in Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh. “We have begun a probe. We are trying to find out how they sneaked in and what is their purpose. They could be cattle smugglers also,” stated Sachin Makkar, Islampur SP.last_img read more

Thomas Rhett To Kick Off 127th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

first_imgAcademy of Country Music’s Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Donations to the iconic campaign help provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs The Salvation Army provides year-round.“Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” said Thomas Rhett. “It’s all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I’m pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show… it’s going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.”“Thomas Rhett is not only a chart-topping country artist, but also a musician whose commitment and passion for philanthropy makes him a great fit to join the Fight for Good and kickoff the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “Every year, The Salvation Army makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. We want everyone to know that their donations truly make an impact.”The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $147.3 million during the 2016 campaign alone and has raised nearly $2.2 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997.“We are thankful for our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, whose organization has continually provided us with incredible awareness during our most critical fundraising season,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We celebrate their ongoing support, and what is sure to be a memorable kickoff performance.” As the first country artist to top the all-genre Billboard 200 Album’s chart this year, Thomas Rhett’s star has continued to rise since the release of his debut album “It Goes Like This.” Currently the Academy of Country Music’s Male Vocalist of the Year, his albums have also garnered GRAMMY, CMA, CMT, and iHeartRadio Music award nominations, including major wins for his love song “Die a Happy Man.” Thomas Rhett recently released his third album LIFE CHANGES and announced he will be bringing his signature swagger to his LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018.To watch Thomas Rhett reveal himself as the halftime performer, click here.The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for all of its 21 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Rhett is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire.In addition to donating to the traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations throughout the country, supporters can join The Salvation Army’s Fight for Good by starting their own #FightforGood fundraiser on RedKettleReason.org.Join the Fight for GoodJoining the Fight for Good takes four easy steps: 1 Visit redkettlereason.org. 2 Click “Join the Fight” or scroll to the bottom of the page and join one of our notable citizen soldiers’ fundraisers. 3 Specify the community, fundraising goal, and designated cause to support, or simply make a general donation to The Salvation Army. 4 Encourage friends and family to donate and start their own fundraising pages.Donations can also be made through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, donors can send any amount to the Red Kettle Campaign.From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.last_img read more

Librarians author book on student research

Justine CottonTwo librarians in Brock’s James A. Gibson Library have written a new book about fostering students’ research skills with a mix of traditional and digital resources.David Sharron, head of Special Collections and Archives, and Justine Cotton, communications and liaison librarian, have written Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources. The book makes the case for the importance of engaging University students with both primary records and digital material.The book is based on their experiences in creating, promoting and delivering workshops to University students. It offers practical examples and detailed information on developing lesson plans, working with faculty, marketing techniques and reaching out to a growing population of technically savvy students.David Sharron“In today’s information society, students and non-students expect information to be at their fingertips,” Sharron said. “We want to convey to students that there’s a lot of great material that’s not digitized, and may never be digitized. But using a mixture of digital and non-digital material may strengthen your work and give you opportunities you didn’t know existed.”Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources was released by Neal-Schuman Publishers on Aug. 31. The book is geared to archivists, academic librarians and faculty looking to engage students in the primary research process, as well as library and archival students. read more

Tourism Calgary expecting influx of visitors this summer

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Posted Jul 14, 2015 7:14 am MDT Tourism Calgary expecting influx of visitors this summer Image via calgary.ca Stampede might be over, but Tourism Calgary expects our city will continue to attract visitors right through until the end of summer.Vice President of Marketing Jeff Hessel tells 660News, the music festival season will soon kick off and that is a big draw.Hessel says tourism marketing has evolved to the point where campaigns, especially on social media, are audience specific.“So if you’re into sporting events, they want to see: what are the top seven sporting events taking place this summer? If they like music, they want to see: what are all the festivals that are taking place this summer?” Hessel said. “So, we’ve been grouping those things and that’s what we’re putting through on our website, through our social channels, and what our visitor information centres are talking to people about when they’re arriving to the city.”It will be a particularly busy summer music festival season in Cowtown, with the Folk Festival at Prince’s Island Park, which will be followed by the International Blues Festival, Reggae Festival, Opera in the Village, and GlobalFest.The tourism business in Calgary generated more than $1.7 billion in economic activity last year, employing some 70,000 people. read more

Term to culminate in student art exhibitions at Rodman Hall

After spending a semester immersed in studio practice, six Brock Visual Arts students are bringing two unique exhibitions to Rodman Hall Art Centre. At the Bottom of Everything runs from Saturday, March 23 to April 7 and features the work of Cynthia Richards, Emma Mary Sked and Amber Lee Williams. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. The second exhibition, oh, that’s nice, features Gianna Aceto, Teresa Badgley and Sarah Martin. It will be on view from Saturday, April 13 to 28, with the opening reception taking place on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The two exhibitions are the culmination of the VISA 4F06 Honours Studio course, where students engage in the entire process of art making, from concept and creation to exhibition.  The course is a unique experiential learning opportunity that gives artists access to a dedicated studio space with professional mentors. The students learn the value of their individual work in a collaborative event and, upon graduation, become practising artists with practical experience putting on a show in a professional art gallery. Students in the course were mentored by Visual Arts Associate Professors Donna Szőke and Shawn Serfas.  The students were also visited in studio by Acting Director and Curator Marcie Bronson, of Rodman Hall; Associate Professors Derek Knight and Amy Friend; Adjunct Professors Donna Akrey and Candace Couse; professional artists Alejandro Cartagena and Heather Hart; and Brock alumni Bruce Thompson (BA ’11) and Natalie Hunter (BA ’11), who all provided critique and insight to help students fine-tune and focus their work.  Rodman Hall’s Administrative Assistant Danny Custodio and Installation Assistant Lauren Regier (BA ’14) also offered support and guidance. Exhibitions like these are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate to build connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University. “If collectively their goal is to develop a focused body of work from concept to public exhibition, then these two unique exhibits capture the exceptional vitality and daring of the emerging artist,” Knight said.  Both exhibitions and opening receptions take place at Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres. in St. Catharines. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Rodman Hall Art Centre website. read more

Report Ohio State center Trevor Thompson will enter NBA draft

OSU junior center Trevor Thompson (32) waits for a rebound during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota on Jan. 25. OSU won 78-72. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorNow that the Ohio State men’s basketball season is officially over, redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson has decided to enter the NBA draft, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. The 7-foot, 250-pound big man averaged 10.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in 2016-17.Ohio State 7-footer Trevor Thompson told ESPN he will forgo his final season in college. Averaged 10.6 points,… https://t.co/iw7JEp1elS— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 14, 2017The Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep reported on Saturday that Thompson would turn pro, but Dispatch reporter Adam Jardy was told by Thompson’s father that the former Virginia Tech transfer wouldn’t decide on his future until the season was over. Since OSU wasn’t extended an invitation to play in the National Invitational Tournament on Sunday, Thompson was free to make his decision.Thompson averaged just 6.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 2015-16 when he made his intentions to turn pro. With the benefit of a new NCAA rule last year, Thompson was allowed to declare for the draft and work out for a limited number of teams but retain his eligibility as long as he didn’t hire an agent and withdrew his name from draft consideration at a specified date.Thompson can do the same this year, however it appears his intentions of playing pro basketball — whether that be the NBA or not — are clear, telling ESPN he will “forgo his final season in college.”The immediate replacement to Thompson is likely to be incoming four-star freshman center Kaleb Wesson. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State improves to 60 in Big Ten play with

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks for an opportunity to drive in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe beat goes on for Ohio State.The Buckeyes (15-4, 6-0 Big Ten) dominated Rutgers (11-8, 1-5 Big Ten) 68-46 in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sunday night. It was the fewest points Rutgers has scored this season and the fewest an opponent has scored against Ohio State the entire year.Rutgers floundered through much of the first half, shooting only 6-for-31 (19.4 percent) from the field and scoring just 15 points. It finished the game  17-for-59 (29 percent). Freshman guard Geo Baker led the team with 14 points, 12 coming from made triples.Ohio State was more consistent, shooting 47 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes with 20 points and nine rebounds. The Buckeyes controlled the glass and interior play against the Scarlet Knights, holding an 46-30 rebound advantage and outscoring them 32-14 in the paint.Both teams got off to slow starts in the first eight minutes of the game, with Ohio State shooting just 3-for-13 and Rutgers going 3-for-10. After Rutgers took a 9-8 lead, sophomore center Micah Potter made a long 3 to put Ohio State up 11-9 with 10:19 left in the first half. The Buckeyes expanded their lead to 15-9 three minutes later, following back-to-back layups off steals from Bates-Diop and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich. Ohio State’s 7-0 run was snapped by a pair of free throws, but Ohio State went on another 11-0 run to go ahead 26-11. Rutgers snapped a 0-for-12 streak shooting from the field with a layup with 2:20 left in the half.The Scarlet Knights continued their abysmal play to open the second half, going just 1-for-8 from the field while the Buckeyes distanced themselves from their opponents with a 20-3 run with just under 14 minutes left to play.Trailing 48-18 after Ohio State’s run, Rutgers responded with a burst of its own, going 13-0 over the next 2:28. Ohio State remains on the road for its next contest when it travels to Rosemont, Illinois, for a matchup against Northwestern Wednesday. The game starts at 9 p.m. read more

Gabon President seeks Chinese partners for mining projects on state visit

first_imgThe President of the Gabonese Republic, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, has completed a state visit to the People’s Republic of China, from 6 to 9 December 2016, at the invitation of the Chinese President, His Excellency Xi Jinping. During the trip – Mr Bongo Ondimba’s first outside of Africa following his re-election and also within the bilateral framework – the two heads of state discussed how to raise Chinese-Gabonese relations to the rank of ‘comprehensive collaborative partnership.’The statement from the Gabon Presidency said: “This ambition was confirmed during discussions with the Premier of the State Council, Li Keqiang, and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang. The agreements signed by the Gabonese and Chinese governments and the respective investment promotion organisations, ANPI and CCPIT, testify to the reality of the ‘boost’ hoped for by Ali Bongo Ondimba. The time has come for Africa and Asia to see private investment flows accompany public initiatives.”China, the world’s second largest economic power, enjoys a presence in Gabon through around 30 companies. It has seen the volume of these trade exchanges increase five-fold in the last eight years to $1.77 billion. China is Gabon’s third largest supplier, representing 8.6% of its import volume, and its top client, accounting for 14.2% of its exports.At a gathering of more than 300 businessmen and women who came to celebrate Chinese-Gabonese cooperation with the backing of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Ambassador of the Gabonese Republic in China, the President of the Gabonese Republic confirmed: “the full disposition of Gabon to accommodate direct Chinese investments in agriculture, tourism, industry and banking, among other sectors. With regards to the mining sector, Gabon has two large projects, Belinga and Maboumine. Specifically regarding Belinga, where iron reserves are estimated at more than one billion tonnes, Gabon is seeking outstanding financial and technical Chinese partners for this large-scale project. The same is true for the polymetallic deposit of Maboumine, where the consortium comprised of the State of Gabon and the Eramet Group is looking for Chinese partners to help accelerate its operation. In terms of tourism, I am hoping to boost tourism exchanges between our countries. In this regard, I reaffirm to you my strong desire to see our governments reach an air transport agreement. I also invite Chinese banks to set up operations in Gabon or to acquire shares in existing banks.”The President of the Gabonese Republic concluded the state visit in Guangdong Province, which thanks to its special economic zones, has the 15th highest GDP in the world. During a direct exchange with Governer Zhu Xiaodan, the President invited Chinese businesses to come and work in Gabon, in particular in the local processing of raw materials, and reiterated the willingess of Gabon to accommodate a special economic zone dedicated to Chinese businesses.last_img read more

Ever wondered what it looks like inside the Poolbeg chimneys

first_imgWHEN IT WAS announced last month that the ESB were considering demolishing the Poolbeg chimneys, the news prompted much outcry from the general public.And while the future of the towers remains uncertain, there’s still time to marvel at their majesty and glory, which brings us to this stunning video.Filmed with the aid of a drone, the video from Sky Pixels Ireland captures the inside of the Poolbeg chimneys, as well as their incredible panoramic views of Dublin.Watch it for yourself below.(If you can’t view the video below, click here.) Source: Sky Pixels Ireland/YouTubeA collection of images, memories and feelings about Poolbeg chimneys >last_img read more

Samsung va séparer sa branche de production LCD du reste du groupe

first_imgSamsung va séparer sa branche de production LCD du reste du groupeLa filiale LCD de Samsung va être détachée du reste du groupe dès le mois d’avril, afin d’éviter que cette dernière ne tire les résultats financiers vers le bas, comme ce fut le cas en 2011.Samsung est l’un des rares fabricants de dalles LCD au monde et à ce titre, fournit une large partie des constructeurs d’appareils électroniques dans le monde. Mais l’activité de fabrication de téléviseurs ou de moniteurs de ce type en 2011 a été largement ralentie. Les consommateurs sont déjà tous équipés de ce genre d’écran ou presque et cela a considérablement grévé les résultats financiers du coréen.À lire aussiClavier virtuel : quand vos doigts se transforment en clavierL’entreprise a donc décidé de séparer cette branche de la totalité de son activité de vente de matériel électronique en ouvrant la division Samsung Display, qui gérera de manière autonome l’activité des ventes d’écrans LCD. Cette filiale ouvrira officiellement le 1er avril 2012 et sera capitalisée à hauteur de 500 millions d’euros. Le conseil d’administration doit tout de même donner son aval courant mars sur cette décision stratégique, indique Clubic.Cette séparation devrait permettre “d’accélérer les prises de décision et donc de répondre plus rapidement aux besoins des clients”, selon Donggun Park, vice président de la division LCD de Samsung dans un communiqué adressé à la Bourse coréenne. Les analystes ne prévoient plus de reprise sur ce secteur d’activité et Samsung envisage de commencer la production intensive d’écrans OLED pour trouver un nouveau souffle. Cet affichage haut-de-gamme plus performant pourrait relancer les ventes d’écran et faire monter les prix de vente, tirés vers le bas depuis quelques mois sur le LCD, avec une incidence sur les chiffres d’affaires des poids-lourds du secteur. Le 23 février 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ryan Jack tells it all about his winning goal in the

first_imgThe Rangers footballer is over the moon after scoring against Celtic and giving his team an important victory in the Scottish Premier LeagueRyan Jack scored the only goal in the Old Firm to give Rangers their first win since 2012 against Celtic.And the Gers’ footballer is very happy since this was also his first goal with the team since signing for them in 2017.“I am over the moon, delighted and what a feeling, I don’t think I have ever had a feeling like that in football ever before,” he told the club’s official website.“As you could imagine the changing room is buzzing with that and we go into the break now on a high.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I thought Ryan from just coming back from injury was excellent,” he commented.“I saw him about to chop back and I thought I could get myself up to the edge of the box for a strike and thankfully he saw me, picked me out and I just got my head over it and kept it down towards goal.”“I think man for man, all over the park, there is no doubt anyone can say we never had eleven winners on the pitch,” he commented.“I am proud of the boys, I think we will all say we are proud of each other and just what a feeling and what a day for the football club.”last_img read more

Talent strategy is the main focus for 82 of benefits professionals

first_imgAttracting and retaining talent is the top objective for four in five (82%) global benefits professionals, according to research by Thomsons Online Benefits.The latest Global Employee Benefits Watch, which surveys 497 benefits professionals responsible for 4,009,500 employees globally, also found that over 66% of global employers have now adopted human capital management (HCM) in one or more countries, and more than 70% have adopted benefits management software in some countries.Chris Bruce (pictured), managing director and founder of Thomsons Online Benefits, said: “Business leaders are waking up to the potential of benefits as a key enabler of people and business strategy.”However, only 10% of employers have implemented HCM software across all countries, and just 4% have rolled out benefits management software in all locations.Bruce said: “At present benefits professionals are too focused on the operational elements of their role to really unleash the potential of benefits analytics to provide the truly tailored schemes desired by today’s employees.”The survey also found that approximately a third of global employers offer employees access to their scheme from their mobile device in one or more locations, but that only around 5% have implemented this in all countries.Over a third of those organisations that have implemented mobile access in all countries receive employee engagement scores above 80%, as opposed to just over a fifth of organisations that have implemented mobile access in just some countries.“Benefits professionals are reaching a tipping point,” Bruce continued. “Evolutions in technology are affording benefits teams unprecedented insight into their workforce and the means to create and deliver schemes with a real strategic impact.“The question now is how quickly benefits teams will embrace data analytics to grasp this opportunity and really prove the value of benefits at the boardroom table.”last_img read more

Miami Beach water main break leads to flooding lane closures

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A broken water main led to flooding and traffic headaches in Miami Beach, Saturday afternoon.The rupture occurred on the southbound lanes of Collins Avenue, near 54th Street.Crews used a backhoe to dig a major hole to make the repairs.Two lanes were shut down for several hours in the process. After the work, the roads were reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hyderabad medical students get PG admission without completing mandatory internship

first_imgDoctorCreative CommonsIt has been reported that medical students in Hyderabad, Telangana, have received their post-graduate seats without doing the internship required to complete the MBBS course.This news comes at a time when medical colleges in the state have been accused of not giving anatomy classes to their students, thus depriving them of the practical skills needed for them to become doctors.In the present case, students who interned in the department had complained to the Superintendent of the hospital that they were given extra work since many students did not turn up for the internships, The News Minute states.”Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJDA) also strongly condemns this type of malpractice. Culprits should be taken to task to discourage anyone who thinks they can get away with such malpractices,” Dr PS Vijeyendra, chairman of the TJDA was quoted as saying in the report.Medical colleges in the state have been in the eye of the storm in recent times after news emerged that medical degrees were awarded to students even though they haven’t completed their internship and now they have also been admitted to their post-graduate course through NEET counselling without their internship. These internships are required to help the students with the practical experience which they will need to put in use when they become doctors.TNM reports that the internship takes place in the final year of the MBBS degree. However, students pay off administrators of Gandhi Hospital and Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad during their internship year to skip on the clinical rotations and get their official papers signed at the end of the year.It is reported that students transfer their internships to the Gandhi Hospital and Osmania Hospital in Hyderabad in order to not do any work.last_img read more

Central Texans Have More Options But Less Time To Sign Up For

first_img Share MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTCentral Health is among the groups in Texas that help people sign up for insurance in the Obamacare marketplace.The fourth open enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace is less than a month away.This time things will be different, though.The Trump administration cut the open enrollment period from three months to only six weeks. Federal health officials also said they’re going to shut down the marketplace’s website more often this year for maintenance.That’s why advocacy groups and local health officials say they are working harder to get the word out and get people enrolled.KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports“We have doubled the enrollment specialists that are going to be available,” said Michelle Tijerina, who does community outreach for Central Health. The agency, funded by property taxes in Travis County, provides health-care services to low-income residents. “We will have double the staffing available since we have half the time.”Tijerina said local health officials are doing more to make sure the Trump administration’s changes don’t stop people from signing up. She said Central Health wants to make getting a plan through the Obamacare marketplace as easy as possible.“They just have to call 2-1-1, press option 1,” she said. “Ask for Enroll ATX. They can get appointments. We have walk-in centers, both north and south.”Tijerina said these centers will help people look at their options and sign up for a plan that works best. She said they’ll also be open seven days a week.The program director for Foundation Communities, which has been helping with Obamacare enrollment for years, said people shopping for a plan will also find more options this year.“Our market is growing,” Elizabeth Colvin said. “We have three insurers this past year and a new insurer is joining in our market, which means consumers will have more plan choices.”Colvin said everyone should shop around instead of just renewing the plan they have now, because the marketplace is changing and so are prices. Some premiums are going up, she said, because there’s uncertainty in the insurance market because of what’s happening on Capitol Hill.But Colvin said the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, and people who need help paying for more expensive plans will get that help.“Lower-income families who are receiving rich subsidies this year are going to be shielded from those premium increases,” she said. “So, it’s very important that people get the right information about what their plan will cost, because it’s different for everyone.”People have until Dec. 15 to enroll for an insurance plan in the Obamacare marketplace. Enroll ATX is scheduling appointments for those who want to get a plan as soon as enrollment begins in November.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more

Bone cancer found in 240millionyearold stemturtle fossil

first_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: Yara Haridy et al. Triassic Cancer—Osteosarcoma in a 240-Million-Year-Old Stem-Turtle, JAMA Oncology (2019). DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.6766 Explore further A micro-computed tomography scan shows the undisturbed cortical bone and the extent of the periosteal mass (circled area). CB indicates cortical bone; OS, osteosarcoma; SP, spicular outgrowth. The black scale bar represents 1 cm. Credit: JAMA Oncology (2019). DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.6766 A team of researchers with Museum für Naturkunde and Charité—Universitätsmedizin, both in Germany, reports a case of a rare type of cancer in a 240-million-year-old stem-turtle fossil. In their paper published in JAMA Oncology, the group describes their study of the unique growth on the ancient fossil. Citation: Bone cancer found in 240-million-year-old stem-turtle fossil (2019, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-bone-cancer-million-year-old-stem-turtle-fossil.htmlcenter_img 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. The fossil was from Pappochelys rosinae—a shell-less ancestor of modern turtles. The Triassic period creature was excavated back in 2015 along with 20 others of its kind from a limestone quarry near a town called Velberg, in Germany. The researchers suggest they likely looked more like iguanas than modern turtles. Since that time, all of the fossils have been stored at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart. But one of them was clearly different from the others—it had a large bone growth on a part of its thigh bone (femur). The researchers proposed various theories to explain the growth, but it took the current research effort to nail down what the growth actually was—a periosteal osteosarcoma—one that the team describes as looking “almost exactly like osteosarcoma in humans.”Evidence of cancer in fossils is rare, because cancerous tumors usually occur in soft tissue. And the kind of cancer found in the fossil was even more rare—just 800 to 900 human cases are reported each year in the U.S. That makes the fossil studied by the team in Germany a truly unique specimen.In order to make the diagnosis, the researchers first had to rule out other possible causes of the bone growth, such as an infection or another disease or injury. Eventually, they subjected it to a micro-CT scan to better examine what was inside and beneath it. That led them to the conclusion that it was a form of bone cancer.The researchers note that because evidence of cancer is so seldom observed in the fossil record, some in the field have questioned whether it was prevalent or even occurred in creatures from millions of years ago. Finds like the turtle offer more evidence that cancer has been around for a very long time. Nearly forgotten ‘dinosaur’ bone found to belong to ancient hippo-like creature Journal information: JAMA Oncologylast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Good news for Calais Campbell and the Arizona Cardinals, according to team media relations guru Mark Dalton.Great news: Calais @Campbell93 was released from Bay Area hospital late last night & has returned home to AZ.— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) October 14, 2013 Campbell was injured in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 32-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Candlestick Park. “The good news is that Calais was released last night from the Stanford hospital,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Monday. “We got him back late last night and were updated that he will be in meetings (Monday) morning. We still have a few items to review with the x-rays and the MRI, but everything, at this point, looks positive.” Campbell experienced numbness and tingling in his extremities following the play, but didn’t lose motion. He gave a “thumbs-up” sign as he left the field on a stretcher.I want to give a big thank you for all the support and kind words today. I am feeling good and anxious to return! #appreciatethelove— Calais Campbell (@Campbell93) October 14, 2013 The six-year veteran from Miami has registered 18 total tackles and 3.5 quarterback sacks this season. – / 22 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Barn owls recruited to fight rodents in buffer zone

first_imgAuthorities have installed 15 artificial nests for barn owls (Tyto alba) in the buffer zone around the Nicosia airport as part of a pilot project to combat rodents, according to the Game Fund.The area around the airport, defunct since 1974, was chosen as there are agricultural crops and livestock farms in the region which attract mice and rats, the Game Fund said.The birds of prey are very useful for the ecosystem, as one barn owl eats around 2,000 rodents a year, and positioning nests in areas has proven to be a successful practice for reducing the number of rodents without using chemicals.From the mid-1990s until now, the game fund has placed and is looking after, more than 200 nests in agricultural and livestock settings in an effort to spur growth in the population of barn owls.Other birds such as kestrels and magpies have also used the nests for breeding.According to the announcement, autumn is an appropriate time for providing new nests as it is the season when young birds are looking for new territories and nesting places.The breeding season starts in January and ends in early summer, with some birds breeding twice when conditions are favourable.A study by the game fund has found the average number of eggs is six while the average number of chicks surviving to leave the nest is four.It is not sure how many barn owls are on the island, but what is sure is that their numbers are decreasing as they are often poisoned and their habitat is shrinking.They require large areas over which to hunt. For nesting, they prefer quiet cavities, either in trees or man-made cavities such as barns, hence their name.In Cyprus they are known as ‘anthropopoulia’ which translates into ‘man birds’, so-called because with their long legs and round face they are sometimes mistaken for human beings in the dark.In 2015, conservationists installed owl nests in Anogira, Limassol, in a bid to protect carob trees from rats, which feed on the bark causing significant damage that can lead to loss of production. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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